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Thankful gestures

Brimfield Scouts, Holland church share bounty with needful and neighbors

Ryan Donovan, 11, of Brimfield works to pitch his tent on the town common during last year’s food drive to benefit area food pantries. The Troop is hoping for better weather for this year’s effort. A tornado warning chased them indoors last year. File photo/Shawn Kelley. (click for larger version)
November 18, 2009
Hopefully there won't be a tornado warning this year.

Clear skies are the preference of Boy Scout Troop 7 of Brimfield, which will be camping out on the Town Common this weekend for their fourth annual Fill the Tent campaign, a yearly collection of nonperishable food items that are distributed to local food pantries.

Last year, Fill the Tent was punctuated by an evacuation from the common when high winds and a late-night tornado warning bore down on the downtown campsite.

More than 20 scouts are expected to take up their temporary residence on the common from 9 a.m. tomorrow through noon on Sunday.

According to scout leader Roy Rowe, the troop aims to top their total from last year.

"Last year we got 900 and something pounds," Rowe said — 951 to be exact. "We're hoping to get into four digits this year, I mean over 1,000 pounds."

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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