Extending a helping hand to kids in need

Orphans in Guatemala and children affected by Hurricane Katrina can look forward to a brighter fall thanks to Boy Scout Troop 310’s Michael Ruocco.

Eagle Scout candidate Michael Ruocco is a graduate of Xavier High School. For his Eagle project, he will be holding a clothes drive for children in the Horgar Rafael Ayau Orphanage in Guatemala and the Hemley Road Church of Christ in Bayou La Batre, Alabama.

“I spent a week in Bayou La Batre, Alabama on a Christian service project with Xavier and saw first-hand the effects of poverty, and how truly blessed and lucky we are to have what we have,” said Ruocco. He went on to add, “I also have a friend who has adopted a child from Guatemala and had told me about the conditions of the orphanages and what good work the Sisters at the Horgar Rafael Ayau Orphanage in Guatemala City have done.”

Ruocco is asking for sneakers, dress shoes, clothes for school, and jeans. Those who wish to donate items can do so from September 7 to September 14 after morning mass. Collection boxes can be found in the backs of the following churches: St. Anselm’s, Our Lady of Angels and St. Patrick’s, and items can also be brought to the Post Chapel on Fort Hamilton Army Base after Sunday services.

For additional information, contact Ruocco atmich4elruocco@gmail.com.

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