Boy Scout Troop No. 83 is collecting non-perishable food items to be distributed to the First Christian Church of Olathe’s food pantry and for the Hillcrest Transitional Housing food pantry. Hillcrest Transitional Housing offers homeless families, singles and youth a disciplined educational program within a caring, supportive environment. Unlike many organizations whose focus is one-time or emergency care, Hillcrest’s primary objective is to move clients from homelessness to self-sufficiency within 90 days by addressing the total life situation of the homeless families they serve.
In addition, the scouts will be collecting gifts for teenagers for the Johnson County Christmas Bureau. The bureau provides holiday assistance to low-income residents in Johnson County. Suggested gifts include hoodies, sports equipment, sleeping bags, small electronics, tool sets, personal hygiene items like soap and body sprays, hair products and cosmetics. Donations must be new items.
Donations for the food pantries and for the Christmas Bureau will be accepted from 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at First Christian Church, 200 E. Loula in Olathe.