Last year alone, the troop donated more than 2.5 tons of canned goods to the nonprofit organization.
“We do this to give back to the community,” Troop 14 Scoutmaster Curt Brower said. “That’s what the Boy Scouts do — they give back.”
The canned goods started stacking up when the troop began advertising on fliers, offering reduced tickets to the Haunted House in October every year. Patrons received $1 off their ticket for each canned good, with a maximum of three cans.
Rick Kurdziel of Spring Lake, who has been with Troop 14 since 2006, said it is their goal to distribute the canned goods before Thanksgiving to help stock Love INC’s shelves for the holidays.
“The food banks are in need and our fundraiser hits at a good time,” he said.
Troop 14 stores the canned goods at the Haunted House until they can coordinate the delivery. They divide the goods between Love INC in Muskegon and Love INC in Grand Haven. The Muskegon-based Love INC brings a trailer to the site and hauls away their share.
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