By Matt Pascarella
During this festive time of year, Cub Scout Pack 805 would normally participate in a toy drive. This year, however, their original plan changed after Cubmaster Tony Sweet learned from a business in the Town of Windham that a local family was in need of help. Sweet knew Pack 805 would be happy to assist in helping brighten this family’s life for the holiday season.
Sweet had to switch gears a little, but he and the pack were able to come together and make it happen. His expectations were far exceeded, as the gifts brought in by the scouts and their families almost spilled over the edges of the table they were placed on.
Sweet as well as his wife and committee chair, Torrey Sweet, will drop the toys and other collected items to the Windham Primary School’s counselor, Michelle Patch, who will sort and then wrap the items before dropping them off to the family.
“I am beyond ecstatic with what we were able to do, as I always am,” responded Cubmaster Sweet. “My main focus of being a Cubmaster and leader for the Windham pack is two-fold: give the youth of Windham the best program where there is fun, excitement, hard work and growth and, secondly, help support the town and community I have lived in all my life. The kids and parents never cease to amaze and humble me, and the committee and leaders behind me are the reason my vision comes together.”
When asked why the toy drive was important, scout and Webelo rank, Mason Butterfield answered, “So people who are less fortunate to [have] Christmas presents and food can have those things and have a Happy Christmas with their family and friends.”