Dear Scouting Family,
As Scouts, we are committed to helping other people at all times. Over the past several weeks, our friends and families in the state of Louisiana have experienced catastrophic flooding. In all, 20 of the state’s parishes—spanning three local councils—have been declared federal disaster areas. The flooding has been called a “historic, unprecedented flooding event,” and is the worst natural disaster to hit the United States since Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012. Efforts will continue for weeks and months to come in response to the devastating aftermath.
Today, we are turning to you, our Scouting family, in a nationwide appeal to ask you to please consider a donation to help these communities restore a sense of normalcy.
We have established two ways to give:
- The first option to donate has been established by BSA’s National Foundation through an online donation. The National Council will utilize these donations in the National Emergency Assistance Fund to respond to emergencies here and in other communities.
- The second option has been set up and managed by local councils for those who prefer donating via text message. To participate, simply text the phrase Scouts4Scouts to the number 41444 and follow the instructions in the reply to make a tax-deductible donation.
The early financial support we have received is gratifying, but much more is needed. A coordinated effort is underway to respond to and support Scouts, volunteer leaders, and local council staff members who need assistance. The National Service Center is committed to:
- Providing financial support for staff who have suffered severe loss or damage to personal property.
- Helping affected troops and packs replace damaged equipment through a $2,500 gift.
- Helping affected Scouts replace uniforms and handbooks that were lost in the flood.
- Providing registration and re-chartering fees for a year for affected families.
- Covering the fees for affected Scouts who are planning to attend the 2017 National Jamboree.
We are fortunate to be blessed with alumni who give so much of themselves to Scouting. Due to the severity of this situation, however, I am humbly asking you to go above and beyond to help those in need.
Yours in Scouting,