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Local Scouts collect more than 4,000 books for hurricane victims

Submitted by Whitney Yarber • Dec 28, 2018 at 9:53 AM

JOHNSON CITY - The Sequoyah Council-Boy Scouts of America collected 4,000 books for middle school students impacted by Hurricane Florence. The effort is part of the Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Project led by North Carolina Scout Councils to assist more than 58,000 students and their families whose homes and schools suffered extensive damage from historic rains and flooding this past September.

“Scouting encourages young people to recognize the needs of others and take action accordingly, and the support we received from our Scouting community for this book drive was impressive,” says Scout Executive and CEO David Page of the Sequoyah Council. “We are grateful for those who contributed to this wonderful cause, and hope this act of kindness and generosity makes the holiday season a little brighter for these students and their families.”

The Sequoyah Council was one of three councils in the East Tennessee region to participate in the Hurricane Florence Disaster Library Relief Project, which collected more than 15,000 books for students in eastern North Carolina cities, including Jacksonville, Trenton, New Bern, Morehead City and Kinston.

The books, collected by Scouts and their families, along with the Friends of the Washington County Public Library volunteer organization and community partners, were shipped to the East Carolina Boy Scout Council in Kinston. They will be distributed to students at 46 schools that lost inventory in their libraries as a result of water damage and mold growth following the Category 4 storm.

One of the country’s first Boy Scouts of America programs, the Sequoyah Council has helped mold and shape the lives of more than 1 million young people since its founding in 1931. Each year, the council serves more than 5,800 youth and adults throughout a 16-county service area in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

For more information about the Sequoyah Council, visit www.scbsa.org or call (423) 952-6961.

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