U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. James Stembridge, 88th Logistics Readiness Squadron transportation management, receives a popcorn canister from Spencer Cabral as part of the Miami Valley Council Boy Scouts of America annual popcorn donation to Airmen Nov. 30. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michelle Gigante)

Miami Valley Boy Scouts deliver popcorn donation to Wright-Patt

Boy Scouts of America delivers more than $31,000 of popcorn to the military in time for the holidays.

Since August, scouts have been selling popcorn as a fundraiser at storefronts and door-to-door throughout the Miami Valley. As a part of the sale a donation of popcorn to the military was available as an option to their popcorn-buying customers. More than $600,000 of popcorn was sold by Miami Valley Scouts, and $31,000 of that amount was designated for a military donation.

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“During the 100th year of the Miami Valley Council, I am extremely inspired by both our scouts and our local community who both stepped up in a significant and meaningful way to support our military,” said Jeffrey R. Schiavone, scout executive of the Miami Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Boys and Girls from Cub Scout Pack 169, chartered by Saint Peter Catholic Church in Huber Heights, joined personnel from the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to deliver nearly $16,000 dollars of popcorn for the local service men and women and another $15,000 will be shipped oversees to deployed troops.

“Supporting the military through the popcorn sale is a win, win, win … it raises funds for our local scouts, for the Miami Valley Council, which operates programs and camp facilities for nearly 5,000 young people, and it supports the hard work of our military service men and women,” Schiavone said.

Cub Scout Pack 169 led this year’s popcorn sale by selling more than $53,000 of popcorn, of which $7,500 was raised to support the military.

“Scouting instills leadership, character and service in our youth, and we see it on display today. Scouts have been serving the Miami Valley since our council’s founding in 1918; it is fitting that we continue to serve our military community today and say thank you for their leadership, character and service to our country,” said Schiavone.

To find out more information or to donate, visit www.miamivalleybsa.org.