SPARTA, NJ- It's time to think spring. Time to get outside. Time to work in the yard. The scouts of Troop 150 are holding their annual mulch sale, with the option to order online. This is more than a fundraiser for these scouts. Most of the proceeds from the mulch sales are used in their support of Sussex County Adopt a Family and Sussex County Food Bank initiatives.
In the past two years the troop has donated $10,500 to the Adopt a Family program and $3,500 to the food bank.
“We think it is important to keep the donations within the county,” Committee Chair Jeff Kambak said. The wishlists for the Adopt A Family program are provided by the Christian Faith Fellowship Church in Franklin.
This will be the fourth year the scouts will go to Walmart in December to shop for families in need with the funds raised by the mulch sale. Kambak said last year the scouts shopped for 77 people, with a budget of $50 per person.
"These are phenomenal causes," Kambak said. "The thing that excites me the most is that Monday night in December when they go shop." He said for many of the scouts it was an eye-opening experience when they saw the items on the wish lists were primarily for basic needs such as socks, more than asking for toys.
About the Mulch
Each 3 cubic/foot bag is 100% cedar and 100% organic, according to Kambak.
“The mulch comes from Canada and is ground the week before delivery,” Kambak said. Each bag is $6 and available in four colors: black, brown, red and natural.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, scouts are not able to knock on doors to get orders, as they have done in the past. Orders can be placed online.
On May 2, smaller orders will be available for pick up in the parking lot of Acting a Part on Woodport Road. Orders of 10 bags or more will be delivered.
The mulch sale is one of only two fundraisers Troop 150 does each year. While most of the money is earmarked for philanthropy, some is budgeted for equipment and for scholarships for scouts that need help covering the fees to attend events, leadership training and educational programs.
“We believe the need may be greater this year,” Kambak said, referring to the food pantry and adopt a family programs. The scouts are hoping to match last year’s successful fundraiser, having sold 4,700 bags in 2019.
Orders can be made at www.spartatroop150.org