MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac’s littlest Cub Scouts gathered at Mahopac Library on Saturday (Feb, 1) for a project they hope will brighten Valentine’s Day for military veterans and active soldiers.
As part of a program overseen by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, the young Scouts crafted their own Valentine cards and letters, which they will send to the congressman, who, in turn, will send them to the vets and the soldiers.
“This is a good opportunity to help teach the Scouts how a kind gesture can go a long way,” said Andrew MeKeel, Cub Scout Pack 371 leader. “We are trying to show that what they write here can impact someone else and make them feel good. Sean Patrick Maloney will receive these letters and distribute them to various places like veterans’ homes and hospitals like at Montrose and Castle Point and even where they may be stationed as well.
“They (Maloney’s staff) have the means to distribute them, which is great because we are kind of doing it blindly,” Mekeel continued. “It gives [the Scouts] a good connection and helps them grasp the concept of what a veteran is because that can sometimes be lost.”
The Scouts are mostly kindergartners (called the Lions Den), but others were invited to join them.
“We brought in older brothers and sisters to make it more inclusive,” MeKeel said.
It was the first time Mahopac Scouts have taken on the project, but this marks the sixth year that Maloney has sponsored it.