It’s been said by many that the Ozarks region is all about coming together as a community to support one another during challenging times.
COVID-19 has impacted everyone, point out officials with the Ozark Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America. However, they note, there is one group who has continued fighting despite being on the frontlines of the pandemic virus: healthcare workers.
An American Hero Fund was set up in November by the council, in partnership with both Cox Health and Mercy Hospital in Springfield, to collect donations from across the Ozarks. Funds collected were used to purchase popcorn for area healthcare workers and donated this month.
Both facilities plan to share portions of the donations with their rural clinics who have been hit particularly hard in recent weeks, say council officials.
Through the support of the community, the Ozark Trails Council was able to purchase nearly $8,500 worth of popcorn to be divided among both hospitals.
“While bags of popcorn alone may not hold much meaning, the thought and appreciation that this delicious treat represents helps boost the spirits and provides a glimmer of hope for all our healthcare workers sacrificing their own health for the betterment of our community,” say officials.
The Ozark Trails Council serves 31 counties and over 7,300 youth and provides the Scouting program to young boys and girls starting in kindergarten all the way until 21 years of age.
The four programs, each with their own aims and methods, include Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing and Exploring. Camp Arrowhead, located in Marshfield, is one of four properties owned and operated by the council, and sees over 1,300 youth attend camp annually learning skills through outdoor classrooms.