LIVINGSTON, NJ — During one of the March 2018 snowstorms, the young men of Boy Scouts Troop 12 assisted with senior citizens in town, including one whose vehicle was struck by a tree branch. The mayor and council presented the boys with a citation during Monday’s council meeting, thanking them for their service to the community.

Ruth Cross, a 65-year resident of Livingston whose car was struck by a branch, said she cried when she saw the boys of Troop 12 pile out of cars with shovels to come help her and her neighbors.

“I don’t know what we would have done, the senior citizens on our street, without those boys,” said Cross. “To see them come, car after car, get out and start shoveling snow—little kids, I mean, my neighbors didn’t even do it, the men—but these kids came. I cried because we really needed help.”

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When the council thanked her for requesting that the council honor the members of Troop 12, Cross added that she “thought the Marines had come” to help shovel her out. After speaking to the council on a separate issue involving the recent flooding, she said that she was as proud of the Livingston council as she was of the boys.

“I’ve been here a long time and I’ve seen Livingston change for the good,” she said.

Troop leaders said that helping local seniors is only one of the many things the troop does to give back to the community. The mayor and council honored the troop members for their service, and specifically for the community service that “helped senior citizens weather the winter storms."

“We thank all the troop members, whose spirit of volunteerism contributes to the betterment of the quality of life in our township,” said Mayor Ed Meinhardt.  

After discovering that Cross is a Navy veteran, the boy scouts and their leaders thanked Cross for her own service to the country and the community. Cross was also named Prom Queen at Livingston’s 30th Anniversary Intergenerational Prom last week. See coverage of the event HERE

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