PUBLISHED: 4:16 PM on Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Boy Scouts make donation
On Aug. 7, the American Red Cross of Alaska, Southeast District Director, Alice Albrecht, performed her first official act as the new director by generously accepting a donation of $1,500 from Boy Scout troop #11.

Scoutmaster Brett Farrell stated that the decision to make the donation to Red Cross was made after they witnessed the Red Cross response to the Gastineau fire that left 11 families homeless in April.

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  Brett Farrell, Connor Brown, David Russel'Jensen, Nick Waldo of Boy Scouts, presents a donation to Alice Albrecht of American Red Cross.
Members from troop #11 raise money by lessening the load for Princess Cruise Lines twice a week, taking 70 pound squares of compressed aluminum cans off the tour ships when they are in Juneau.

They store the giant blocks in a container provided by Alaska Marine Lines. At the end of the season preparations are made, with the help of all troop members to re-stack the compressed squares into a container for shipment to Seattle where the squares are sold.

Albrecht took time to speak with the troop on the mission of the Red Cross, the different programs and training, as well as disaster preparedness and to encourage volunteering.

Nick Waldo of Troop #11 presented the $1500 check to Albrecht with a smile and a handshake.

The members of Troop #11 use part of their earnings paving the way financially to participate in events such as the Philmot, New Mexico High Adventure Scout Camp they hope to attend in 2008 or 2009.

That Troop #11 would make such a generous donation is truly an example of community helping community.

The Red Cross is able to provide relief to those affected by disaster because of donations.

So the next time the Red Cross extends their hand to someone in need, Troop #11 can say that they too extended their hands to those same individuals.

Without the generous contributions made by remarkable individuals and groups, the American Red Cross would not be able to respond to those in need.