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Grocer gives $20,000 to Pee Dee Council of the Boy Scouts

June 30, 2018 GMT

SCRANTON, S.C. — W. Lee Flowers stepped up for the Pee Dee Council of the Boy Scouts on Friday morning with two donations geared toward developing Scouts and serving the community.

Michael Hesbach, the Scout executive of the Pee Dee Area Council , was given two checks by the grocer behind IGA and KJ’s Markets – one for $3,000 and another for $17,000.

The lesser of the two was to defray the costs of printing door hangers that will be distributed throughout the Pee Dee in December for the Scouts’ annual food drive. The larger of the two will help fund development of Scouts.

“Anytime we can give back to the community, especially to feed people and help children,” said Rick Geary, executive vice president of the company. “The Boy Scouts, in my opinion, teach children life skills they can use for their entire life at the same time have fun doing it.”

Last year, the first year the Scouts have done a food drive, they collected 10,000 pounds of food, Hesbach said.

“Our Scouts will put out door hangers on the first week of December and come back on the second week on Saturday and pick up the food and deliver it to the local pantries or Harvest Hope,” he said. “The troops will make the choice on who gets the food they collect.”

Hesbach said he would like to see the Scouts top last year’s poundage and hit about 25,000 pounds – or at least beat the total raised by the U.S. Postal Service in its annual drive earlier this year.

“In the end, we’re all doing this for the right reason and to serve the community,” he said. “In the end, if we’re competitive with the post office, the people who win are the food pantries.”