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Boy Scout Troop 343 Assists with Police Hispanic Society of Suffolk County for Community Servie

Santa’s helpers from Boy Scout Troop 343 with the wrapped gifts for the 3- and 4-year-old children at the Brentwood Head Start
Santa’s helpers from Boy Scout Troop 343 with the wrapped gifts for the 3- and 4-year-old children at the Brentwood Head Start

On November 9th, 2013 from 8:00 am to 12:30 afternoon, the Police Hispanic Society of Suffolk County (P.H.S.S.C) teamed up with the Peanut Butter Gangs Hospitality Too soup kitchen at St. Anne's Church in Brentwood.  Boy Scouts from Troop 343 (Hauppauge) participated that day, assisting with serving food to the poor and needy as well as joining the P.H.S.S.C. in donating food and making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Coordinated by Boy Scout Troop 343 Committee Member and P.H.S.S.C. Officer Gerry Frielingsdorf, 22 Boy Scouts were able to help that day as well as to prepare more than one hundred wash-up kits (which included  tooth paste, soap, shampoo, tooth brushes, razors and washcloths and were packed in individual ziplock bags)  were assembled by the scouts for those who came to lunch that day. The wash kit items were donated by the P.H.S.S.C.  Scouting volunteer/Officer Frielingsdorf, “The Scouts were awesome! So were the parents and leaders and who drove someone there – This was a great opportunity for the boys to earn community service but more importantly to give back to those less fortunate than ourselves.”

            On December 12, Boy Scouts of Troop 343 assisted the gift wrapping marathon that was again hosted by the Police Hispanic Society of Suffolk County Inc. a not for profit organization comprised of Suffolk County Police Officers. The gifts that the Boy Scouts and many of their parents wrapped were handed to 3- and 4-year-old children at the Brentwood Head Start (where many of these children live in shelters) as gifts from Santa during the Christmas season. Said Gift Wrapping Coordinator Gerry Frielingsdorf (Troop Committee Member, Boy Scout Troop 343 and P.H.S.S.C. Officer), “One hundred and twenty five gifts were wrapped to perfection.  On behalf of the Police Hispanic Society of Suffolk County, to all the scouts and parents who participated in the gift wrapping at the Bretton Woods School and who drove someone there and helped out to make sure that wonderful help showed up, I just want to say Thank you! I know everyone is very busy, especially at this time of year and I know there are many important things that go on in your lives on a daily basis, therefore I want to acknowledge that for you to give up a few hours of your time to help out kids that you don't even know...you are amazing and I am a better person for knowing each one of you.”




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