Otter Scouts set up ‘giving tree’ at Pets & Friends

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64th Brandywine Otter Scouts at the Giving Tree. L-R: Riley Pacienza, Kyra Perkins, Corrine Perkins, Zane Page, Nicoli Morgan, Sara Ball, Samuel Castelo, Timberwolf Dylan Ball, Julian Hontz, Alex Chase, Carolyn Williams, and Assistant Otter Leader Rich Morgan.

64th Brandywine Otter Scouts at the Giving Tree. L-R: Riley Pacienza, Kyra Perkins, Corrine Perkins, Zane Page, Nicoli Morgan, Sara Ball, Samuel Castelo, Timberwolf Dylan Ball, Julian Hontz, Alex Chase, Carolyn Williams, and Assistant Otter Leader Rich Morgan.

WEST GROVE — On Sunday, November 20, Otter Scouts of the 64th Brandywine Baden-Powell Service Association (BPSA) decorated their third annual “Giving Tree” at the Pets & Friends store in Jenners Village Shopping Center.

The Holiday Giving Tree is trimmed with handmade tags identifying requested donations for local pet rescues and shelters. Throughout the holiday season, shoppers can select a tag and purchase or provide the item for donation. Donated items are collected under the tree. The Otter families will sort and deliver the gifts to participating organizations.

Pet rescue groups need dog and cat food, collars, leashes, beds, and much more. Donations to this year’s Giving Tree benefit several local rescue organizations and shelters: Brandywine Valley SPCA, Greenmore Farm Animal Rescue, Senior Dog Haven & Hospice, It’s a Ruff Life Rescue, LaMancha Animal Rescue, and Rescue Dogs Rock Animal Rescue.

“This has been a great project for even our youngest scouts,” said Group Scoutmaster Victoria Grimme. “We have fun making the tags and decorating the tree, but most importantly we do a ‘good turn’ for animals in need.”

Members of the community can visit the tree and leave donations throughout the holiday season at Pets & Friends, 51 Jenners Village Center, West Grove, PA 19390, during regular business hours.

The BPSA was formed in the U.S. in 2006 as a co-ed, inclusive, secular and traditional Scouting association. The association continues the principles and practices of Scouting laid down by Robert Baden-Powell in 1907. The BPSA is not affiliated with either the Boy Scouts of America or the Girls Scouts of the USA; the BPSA is a member of the World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS).

For more information, please contact Victoria Martin Grimme, scoutmaster@64thbrandywine.org or 610-563-4003.

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