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Scout Pack 848 helps make holiday brighter for over 80 local families

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By Stephen Thomas

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - A merrier Christmas season will be had by some Shepherdsville residents thanks to Cub Scout Pack 848 and friends.

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The Pack organized its first annual Christmas distribution event at the St. Aloysius school gymnasium.

Cubmaster Mark Grieser said 20 Pack 848 members were given an opportunity to see the benefits of helping others within the community.

“This was a way for the Scouts to help their community, especially with the economy the way it is,” said Grieser. “Plus it’s more personal. They get to meet who is getting (the items).”

St. Aloysius, who hosts the Pack, and First Baptist Church of Shepherdsville both assisted with clothes and toy donations. Grieser said fliers for the event were distributed through the First Baptist food pantry.

Everyone attending the event received three Kroger bags to fill with clothing items. They also received one box to fill with toys, plus one large carryout item too big to fit in a box.

First Baptist also donated two large remote control toys that were raffled off to those in attendance.

The end result of the evening was 83 families with 219 children receiving assistance.

“Everything was donated by the three organizations over three months,” Greiser said of Pack 848, St. aloysius and First Baptist. “It’s all from Bullitt County. That’s important. The community is helping the community.

Fifteen St. Aloysius 7th and 8th grade students, along with CCD students, offered free gift wrapping for all items, said Religion teacher Lesley Standifer.

“We helped collect items and helped set up tables,” said Standifer. “We offered the gift wrapping as a service project for our students.”