Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops and venturing crews from Westchester are participating in the Boy Scouts of America Los Angeles Area Council’s “Pay it Forward” service project benefiting the Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles.

As part of the project, the Cub Scouts are collecting toiletries and clean socks/underwear, which will then be donated to the mission by the Boy Scouts and venturing crews Saturday, June 27th. The scouts and crews will also be serving meals and cleaning up on Saturday and Sunday, June 27th and 28th.

The staff of City Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s office has allowed Pack 824 to keep a collection box in the lobby of the Westchester Municipal Building, 7166 Manchester Ave. This box will be checked regularly and removed by Friday, June 26th in preparation for the weekend delivery.

The Union Rescue Mission has over 600 emergency beds, serves over 1,900 meals a day, provides transitional housing for 225 women and children, has a Learning Center and offers free medical/legal clinics in cooperation with UCLA, USC, and Pepperdine universities.

The idea behind the “Pay it Forward” project is to provide community service to organizations and people in need. The Thunderbird District, which includes Westchester, is participating in the Boy Scouts of America Los Angeles Area Council’s second annual “Pay it Forward” service project, an initiative started by the council’s North Star District last year.

This year all districts in the Los Angeles Area Council are participating, and next year the project will be going nationwide as part of the Centennial of Scouting celebration.