CLARKS SUMMIT — A local Boy Scout is helping needy veterans stay warm and healthy with a basic necessity: winter clothing.
Nate Gronsky, a sophomore at Abington Heights High School and Life Scout in Troop 160, organized a winter clothing drive for his Eagle Scout project. Donations of gently used winter coats, sweatshirts and hoodies of all sizes from child through adult can be dropped off in boxes, donated by Waste Management, Dunmore, at the following locations: Church of Saint Gregory, Our Lady of the Abingtons, Saint Patrick’s Church in Nicholson, Trinity Lutheran Church, Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, Abington Memorial VFW Post, Abington Community Library, Clarks Summit Fire Department and South Abington Township Fire Department.
The collection will officially end on Jan. 10, but donations may still be dropped off at the library through Jan. 31.
Gronsky said the donations will be distributed to those in need by Saint Francis Commons in Scranton, with first pick going to U.S. veterans. He worked with Sister Janet Jeffers, of Catholic Social Services to identify the need and drop-off locations.
“I heard that Catholic Social Services distributes to the veterans first, and I figured that would be a great way to give back to the veterans because they sacrifice so much,” he said.
The drive already brought in a dozen or so trash bags full of clothing, and Gronsky said a final count will be made when it is complete and his fellow Scouts gather to help him sort through the donations and separate them by size and gender.
“I got a lot more coats than I thought I would,” he said, adding he is grateful for the community’s help.
His advice to other Scouts working on similar projects is to not do it alone.
“You need to ask for a lot of help from parents, other people in your troop and the community,” he said.
Gronsky is son of Joseph and Eulaine Gronsky, of North Abington Township.