By: Rose Sutkowski, Publicity Chair, Constellation District
As COVID-19 continues to change our lives and Scouting in new ways every day, it is important to remember our first responders who place their own health at risk for the sake of others. The Scouts in Troop 176 came up with a great idea to express their gratitude and engage in community service. Scout Senior Patrol Leader Max Cieri said, “Community service is a big part of what we do and we wanted to show first responders we were thinking of them and realize their days have been difficult.”
The prior Scoutmaster of Troop 176 (Narberth), Mark O’Donnell, works as a paramedic in the City of Philadelphia. Since the pandemic began, he and many of his coworkers have stayed at the firehouse in isolation to keep both their families and the people they help safe. This has been an immense sacrifice.
On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, Scouts, Scouters and parents of Troop 176 collected, assembled and delivered an amazing care package to Mark and his co-workers at Philadelphia Fire Department Engine 43, Ladder 9, Medic 7 in Center City. This special delivery allowed the Ladder to enjoy a fantastic BBQ between 911 calls on Memorial Day. It was a great way to give the love back and show appreciation for all this fire department is doing especially during challenging times. Mark said, “This simple gesture warmed our hearts and meant a lot.”
Troop 176 is extremely proud of Mark. During his tenure as their Scoutmaster, he always showed his Scouts what it means to be compassionate, helpful and kind.