Challenges brought on by the pandemic didn’t stop some local boy scouts from giving back to their community this year.
Boy scouts from Troop 123 in Santa Margarita collected an estimated 200-300 pounds of toys and food for KSBY’s Season of Hope campaign.
Scoutmaster Sean Tashma says the group, sponsored by the Lions Club of Santa Margarita, collected the donations during a soup feed this past weekend.
The annual event usually offers an opportunity for community members to enjoy a cup of soup while visiting with one another, but this year, due to COVID-19 precautions, the event was done in a drive-thru format.
The nine scouts, ranging in age from 12 to 16-years-old, were at the event collecting the toy and food donations from participants.
Tashma said it was great to see the boy scouts being able to do something for the community during this time, adding the event as a whole took a lot of coordination from different volunteer groups in town.
Now in its ninth year, the Season of Hope campaign, which is the largest food and toy drive on the Central Coast, collects unperishable food and new, unwrapped toy donations that are distributed to local organizations across the Central Coast and given to family and children in need during the holiday season.
Organizations say the need this year is greater than ever before.
For drop-off locations or to make a financial donation, click here.
The campaign wraps up Friday.