Scouts gather clothing to help abuse victims
by Jack Latta
MARTIN — Boy Scout and Cub Scout Unit 839 in Martin came together recently to help the community and make their second annual clothing drive a success.
The drive was held for the Sandy Valley Abuse Center, which serves Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin and Pike counties.
“The feeling of starting something small last year for the first time, and then making it annual event, to bring awareness to more people of the situation of homeless, abused people in the surrounding area, really touches my heart,” said Trish Bentley.
According to Bentley, Sandy Valley Abuse Center can house up to 25 to 30 people at a time from different situations, with many of the people arriving with only the clothing that they have on.
“Pajama and underwear and sock drive for kids was a way to help,” says Bentley. “We also got families involved in helping families.”
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where the Scout unit is chartered, helped, along with the Maytown First Baptist Church and the Martin Branch Freewill Baptist Church.
Many groups helped sponsor the event, including the Carriere Family Christmas Show at the Country Highway Museum in Paintsville.
Anyone interested in Scout Unit 839 may contact Trish Bentley (606) 285-9633 or (606) 285-3133.
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