West Fargo Boy Scout Troops 232 and 279 helped homeowners with fall cleanup on Saturday, Oct. 30, as part of the VFW Post 7564 Auxiliary Make a Difference Day. The scouts and family members raked lawns and cleaned rain gutters as part of the clean-up effort. Seventeen homeowners were selected by the Auxiliary to receive the free service.
Rick Laufenberg, Troop 232 Assistant Scoutmaster, acted as coordinator for the scout's effort. "We had thirty-eight folks turn out to help. This is just a great project and is really what being in Scouting is about - helping people," Laufenberg said.
Auxiliary member Agnes Rieniets stated, "Having the scouts help out makes our program a success. We enjoy that they can be a part of what we do." The Auxiliary collects names and addresses of homeowners who are interested in being considered for the service and provides the list to the scouts. The VFW Auxiliary's participation is in conjunction with National VFW Make a Difference Day program.
Kent Harris, Troop 279 Assistant Scoutmaster, said this was his first time helping out. "This is a tremendous opportunity for the scouts. To be able to give back to our community on a project like this is huge."
"It was a lot of hard work but we had some fun too. Mrs. Gertz gave us some pop and delicious cookies," added Isaac Lepird of Troop 279.
Make a Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others - a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone can participate. Created by USA Weekend Magazine, Make a Difference Day is an annual event that takes place the fourth Saturday of October. Anyone, young and old, individuals and groups can carry out a volunteer project that helps others. It can be as ambitious as collecting truckloads of clothing for the homeless or as personal as spending an afternoon helping an elderly neighbor or relative.