SOMERVILLE, NJ - Cub Scouts from Pack 80 have been selling custom-designed lawn signs, which they call “Signs of Hope”, to raise money for local food banks.

The Scouts have sold and delivered 100 signs and raised $1,227.39 to benefit SHIP, the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program based in the borough.

The signs were designed to show the Scouts’ support and gratitude to those on the frontline of the COVID-19 battle; the medical workers, first responders, and all other essential workers who have put their own health at risk for the community.  For the protection of both Scouts and buyers, all sales and delivery have been non-contact. Scouts and their families have been installing these lawn signs across Somerset County.

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The idea for the fundraiser came from Jeff Bouquio, philanthropy chairman of Pack 80. He and his family wanted to find a way to help the people in his community who have been directly affected by COVID-19. The signs' graphics were designed by his daughter, 11-year-old Zoey Bouquio, a 6th grader from Immaculate Conception School.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our youth to understand the importance of helping others," Boquio said. "With all that is going on in the world today, the community has shown us all that there is hope for a positive future.”

When he was a Scout, Bouquio said he was taught to always help others if you can and are able to help. This tradition carries on with all the scouts from Somerville, NJ.

Owing to the initial success of their fundraising, Pack 80 hopes additional people in the community will support their efforts by donating or purchasing signs. 

Pack 80 has teamed up with the Boy Scouts from Somerville to continue sell more signs to raise money for those in need.

Visit the website for purchasing information: www.somervillecubscouts.com