Colonel Crawford senior stocking food pantries


Kenneth Fernandez fulfilling Eagle Scout requirement with a community service project

GALION — A Colonel Crawford High School senior has seen a need and is spending much of his free time in August and September addressing that need.

Kenneth Fernandez is collecting non-perishable food items for food pantries in Galion, Bucyrus and Crestline.

His primary goal is 100 bags of food from each of the three communities.

His secondary goal is to complete the service project requirement in order to become an Eagle Scout.

“There’s a need. I see it. I hear about it and I think I can help,” said Fernandez, who spent his days this week taking part in Colonel Crawford High Schools band camp, and the rest of his free time knocking on doors and collecting items from collection boxes in Galion, Bucyrus and Crestline. “I hope to collect enough stuff — not just to help for a couple of weeks — but enough to help out into the future, too.”

Kenneth will man a collection area in Galion next week at the Third Friday in Galion event on the square Aug. 18. The Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce is helping in the project and has donated a door prize. Everyone who makes a donation to Kenneth at the TFIG event will get a ticket for the door prize.

Kenneth is a member of Boy Scout Troop 106 in Bucyrus. As he is knocking on doors and collecting items, he’s also learning some life lessons.

“I’ve had a few doors shut in my face,” he said. “But I’ve learned to change my approach for the next person I talk to.”

All of the food Kenneth collects will stay in the communities where it was collected.

Galion food stays in Galion, items collected in Crestline will go to Crestline residents, and the food pantries in Bucyrus will receive all of the items that were collected in that community.

A scout since first grade, this food drive is the big project Kenneth has to do before he can become an Eagle Scout. Lee Katona III is the Scout Master of his troop. His dad has also been a big influence and a leader of his troops through the years.

A requirement of his service project is community participation. So, if you’re dropping off food at one of the collection areas, please sign the accompanying sheet of paper so Kenneth can document the community’s involvement.

There are food collection boxes at these sites: Galion, Bucyrus, and Crestline libraries; YMCAs in Galion and Bucyrus; Peace Lutheran Church in Galion; First Lutheran Church in Galion; Good Hope Church in Bucyrus; the Bucyrus Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon; and the Crestline Farmer’s Market each Tuesday from 3-6 p.m.

So if you’re in Galion, Crestline and can pick up a few extra non-perishable items on your next visit to the store, remember Kenneth and his effort.

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Courtesy photo by Mary Fernandez

Kenneth Fernandez is filling up the emply places in his family home with bags of non-perishable. The drive is to help food pantries in Galion, Crestline and Bucyrus. Kenneth, a senior at Colonel Crawford, is working to become an Eagle Scout and this project will take care of one of the requirements.

http://www.galioninquirer.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2017/08/web1_Ken-s-project.jpgCourtesy photo by Mary Fernandez

Kenneth Fernandez is filling up the emply places in his family home with bags of non-perishable. The drive is to help food pantries in Galion, Crestline and Bucyrus. Kenneth, a senior at Colonel Crawford, is working to become an Eagle Scout and this project will take care of one of the requirements.

By Russ Kent

Galion Inquirer

Email Russ Kent at rkent@aimmediamidwest with comments or story ideas.

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