Last August, Eagle Scout Reed Kotalik of Sam Houston Area Council Troop 777 led nearly 50 volunteers to make blankets and stuff bags with essentials for more than 100 foster children served by the Rainbow Room in Liberty County.
Since that time, Reed has successfully completed his Eagle Scout review board and planning for his Eagle Court of Honor has begun. Reed decided he wanted to use the event to bring scouts and the community together for a bigger purpose – to restock the Rainbow Room after the recent holiday. The timing was perfect in light of the Sam Houston Area Council’s Spring of Service program, an initiative to inspire Scouting units to develop projects to benefit the community.
Reed spoke with members of his troupe and his founding partner, Trinity Episcopal Church. They embraced his idea and collected boxes filled with donations for some of Liberty County’s most vulnerable young people.
On January 30, during the reception portion of its Eagle Courtyard, mounds of blankets, children’s books, nappies and other essential care items were packed and prepared for transport to the Rainbow Room. As part of this legacy project, Reed has also created activity kits for elementary school students and teens served by the Liberty County Child Welfare Board (which will be distributed this spring).
The campaign will continue at Trinity Episcopal Church through February. Reed and his fellow Scouts will continue to arrange transportation of these donations to the Rainbow Room.
Mary Kay Herzer, a member of the Liberty County Child Welfare Board, attended Eagle’s court of honor. She was inspired by the efforts of members of Reed and Scouts BSA Troop 777.
“I learned so much today that I’m going to share with our group. We really appreciate everything they do,” Herzer said.