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Oklahoma City area Boy Scouts answer call to help fire victims

Members of Troop 20 were among those who built sift boxes for Oklahoma fire victims at the request of the American Red Cross.
BY MARCIE EVERHART Modified: August 10, 2012 at 9:40 pm •  Published: August 11, 2012


Scouts help fire victims

— Within 24 hours of receiving the request from American Red Cross, Boy Scout troops across Oklahoma City began building “sift boxes” for victims of the state's wildfires. The 24-by-24-inch wooden boxes with metal screens are used to sift through rubble and ash for a survivor's precious possessions. Parents, grandparents, siblings and friends joined the Scouts of Troop 20, which served as an anchor troop for the south side of Oklahoma City and Moore area in the effort. Members of the troop's coed Venture Crew, Crew 5020, were also on hand. Troop 20 and Venture Crew 5020 are sponsored by Southern Hills United Methodist Church, 8200 S Pennsylvania Ave. They delivered 50 completed sift boxes to the Red Cross drop-off center on Sunday.

Source: Marcie Everhart, Scout volunteer

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