(no name) ((no email))
Tue, 18 Jun 1991 09:26:00 MST
My mother did and still does work at her church rummage sale. When she worked
in the boys clothing department (yes they had things split up by
departments-this is one of the biggest Presbyterian congregations in the
country). They could not sell the uniforms either and would frequently get
them donated. I sent a bunch to Kentucky one year to a former Scoutmaster
of my older brothers. He had moved to Kentucky and was then a lay minister
in a poor rural area.
I realize that in a ruual area you will not have the population or wealth
to draw on that this church did in surbarban Detroit, but maybe you can
speak with the minister at your church and see if he can contact churches
of the same denomination which have rummage sales and may be receiving old
uniforms. Offer to pay shipping and have the scouts write thank yous.
I too know it expensive, During the last three years I have watched my
student loans grow and my credit card balances get higher and higher. I
could have spent more of my time working and less time with scouting, but
unlike the the people who drive around in their BMW's and then complain
about this and that while never really participating, I felt the experience
for my kids was more important than an outstanding balance on my credit
card. Rather than complaining about something, I did something about it.
My youngest is now 17 and one merit badge away from Eagle. I am spending
more time working and I am paying back my credit cards and student loans
(slowly but surely). As far as financing a college education for my kids,
we will have to wing it! I do not mind, since I will never get those
growing years back. They are young adults, seeing the expression and
excitment of that first camping trip, now, would not be the same! having
missed that complete would be worse!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City