Most residents inside the city limits of Dexter discovered a blue plastic bag tied to their front doors on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 3. The bags were left by the are Boy Scouts and will be picked up this Saturday, Nov. 17, hopefully filled with non-perishable goods that will be donated to the Stoddard County Gospel Mission. The items will be used in the mission's food baskets for the needy within the county this holiday season.
Especially needed at the mission are rice, beans, macaroni and cheese, and canned fruit and vegetables. The mission is experiencing an all-time low currently, says Director Kim Slavings.
"The Scouts always provide us with a significant amount of what we utilize for our Christmas baskets," Slavings said. "So, for anyone who did not receive a bag or forgets to place it out to picked up on Saturday, we'd still welcome anyone to bring in their donations to the mission anytime."
Outlying areas of town were not canvassed by the local Scouts this year. Time and manpower limited the placing of the bags to within the city limits. Rural residents are encouraged, however, to take part in the drive by dropping their items off themselves at the mission.
As unemployment rates remain high and challenging economic conditions persist, many of Missouri's food pantries report an unprecedented amount of requests for food.
The Boy Scouts have collected more than 45 million food items during the first 27 years of the drive.