Kitsap Boy Scout Troop Collects Medical Supplies to Fight Ebola

    Silverdale, Washington – April 9, 2015 – A Kitsap County Boy Scout troop just took on a global issue: fighting Ebola in West Africa. The troop organized a drive to ship medical supplies to hospitals and clinics in Sierra Leone through the Silverdale-based nonprofit Children of the Nations (COTN). 

     
    “We all know it’s a big issue,” explains Charlie Hooper, who helped head up Troop 1540’s medical supply drive. “A few kids decided they wanted to help—I was one of them.” 
     
    On March 21, several boys from Charlie’s troop spent the day in front of Walgreens in East Bremerton. They handed out lists of the most urgent needs to every shopper, asking them to pick up an item or two to donate while they shopped. The response was great. By the end of the day the scouts had boxes of soap, gloves, hand sanitizer, and other items that medical facilities in Sierra Leone desperately need to protect their workers from exposure to Ebola. A Lowes employee even came by and got their store to donate about 30 buckets, which will be used to make hand-washing stations. 
     
    “It was pretty cool,” says Charlie, who spent the day collecting items at Walgreens. Charlie also presented the project at a Boy Scouts Court of Honor meeting, so parents and other scouts could get involved. “A little bit goes a long way over there,” Charlie says. “I hope it helps out, I really feel like it can make an impact.”
     
    The items will be shipped to Freetown, Sierra Leone, this month, where COTN will distribute them to hospitals and communities in need.
     
    Children of the Nations continues to actively fight Ebola by shipping supplies to clinics and hospitals in Sierra Leone, and equipping rural villages with education and hand-washing stations. As Ebola ebbs, COTN has taken on the urgent task of caring for Ebola orphans—children who have lost their parents to the disease and who are often shunned and abandoned by other relatives who fear infection. If you would like to support their efforts to care for these children, donate at bringbackhugs.org
     
     
    Children of the Nations® (COTN®) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising children who transform nations. The organization currently serves in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti, providing holistic care to orphaned and destitute children. For more information, visit cotni.org.
     
    Media contact:
    Brian Olson, Senior Editor
    360-698-7227 / brianolson@cotni.org