scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Needy Scouts
Mary Lee Foley (mlfoley@EARTHLINK.NET
Fri Feb 04 2000 - 06:04:40 CST
The Gillams wrote:
> Recently we had a boy join that says he only has one pair of shoes.
It may be a financial problem, and others have offered some excellent
suggestions. But let me give you another point of view. It is possible that
the boy doesn't participate in sports and doesn't go to church or other more
formal events, so he only *needs* one pair of shoes.
I bring this up because something a little like that happened in my own
family a few years ago. We were on a shoestring budget when my son asked to
play basketball. He had good shoes and sneakers, but came home saying that
he needed new sneakers for basketball. I didn't understand then that b-ball
shoes were different and told him we couldn't afford to buy another pair and
he would have to live with the ones he already owned.
He came home a few days later and told me that the coach had "found some
surplus shoes that a friend at a shoe store wanted to get rid of and was
willing to give a pair to my son if I approved." It was OK with me; I was a
little dense about it, I guess. It was a couple of months before I realized
exactly what impressions were made. I could have found the money if I had
understood the need.
(Since that time, I have managed to cover workerships for summer camp for a
couple of boys, "paying back" several times over for the kindness of a
friend. I still don't know whether the coach actually paid for the shoes or
got a donation from somewhere else, but he knows that our family is passing
along the kindness.)