NIAGARA FALLS – It proved a winning proposition on three fronts when more than 6,300 children’s clothing items were donated to local organizations earlier this month, thanks to the efforts of Boy Scout Troop 824 of Sanborn and Lollipop Loft Children’s Consignment Store.
The donation was made to Community Missions, which then shared the bounty with the CRIB Maternity Group Home and the Magdalene Project.
The scouts came up with the idea following a visit from the Rev. Mark Breese, director of ministry and community partnerships at Community Missions. Breese spoke of ways the scouts could help make a difference in the community.
Dave Majewski, owner of Lollipop Loft at 2120 Niagara Falls Blvd. and father of one of the scouts, brought up the idea of the troop working with him to sort and collect clothing that could be donated for distribution.
“I recently bought the store and had a very large volume of clothes and very limited space,” Majewski said. “I had a surplus and the scoutmaster, Mark Gaynor, and I talked about it. Organizations needed the clothes, I needed to unclutter the shop, and the scouts needed a service project. It was a win-win-win for everyone.
“We were thrilled that these pieces were given to so many organizations that directly impact those in need,” he added.
A total of 6,399 items of children’s clothing, 20 pairs of shoes and 10 bags of adult clothing were donated.
Majewski said the boys spent about four hours sorting items by size, which was a tremendous help to the mission, as it meant the donations could go directly out for selection through the mission’s Clothes Closet.
“What a meaningful project for the scouts to get involved with,” said Kendra Gaynor, a Troop 824 committee member. “Involvement in something like this cannot only impact those that can use the donated items, but can provide a positive lifelong impact on our scouts as well.”
Scouts involved in the project included Liam O’Connor, Jacob and Alex Stoelting, Kyle Loughren and Benjamin Majewski.
When Loughren, who holds the rank of Life Scout, was asked why he was helping out with the project, he said, “I do it for the purpose of helping people. There are so many people who cannot get good jobs, and this is my way of helping. These people deserve help.”
Boy Scout Troop 824 is sponsored by its chartered organization, the Sanborn Fire Company, and is a member of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council of Western New York.