Scout pack dishes out meals to local first responders

Nov. 29, 2013 @ 12:28 AM

Cub Scout Pack 212 of Middle Creek United Methodist Church in Pigeon Forge took on quite a task this Thanksgiving when it chose to feed first responders from across the county as a show of thanks to the dedication of area firefighters, police and other emergency service workers.

The “Thanks for Giving!” meal, as it was dubbed by the pack and den leader Angie Heth, was Heth’s brainchild after firefighters responded to a kitchen fire at her home last month.

After determining Heth had prevented a worse fire by using a home extinguisher, a fireman — likely sensing the stress the situation had put on the family — pressed $90 into Heth’s hand, telling her to “go get the kids something to eat.”

That act of kindness, going above and beyond, spurred the pack to pay back the local fire department — and all county first responders — by offering a Thanksgiving meal free of charge.

Pack members and den leaders staffed Middle Creek UMC all day Thursday until 8 p.m., dishing out grub to hungry emergency services personnel and their families. They even took to-go orders to workers staffing the various stations across the county.

It was a great gesture and a great way to teach the scout pack about sacrifice, gratitude and giving back, for the kids, their parents and the businesses that helped sponsor the meal.

While participation in the event helped hear the Cub Scouts hours toward earning their Citizenship, Nutrition, and Good Manners belt loops and pins, it also help instill those core beliefs — sacrifice, gratitude and charity — every scout, and American, should hold dear.