Sixth Avenue Baptist Church Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack #3415 has raised more than $15,000 to be donated to the Kids in Need of Desks Fund Project.
The boys presented a check for $15,730.88 to the KIND Fund on Sunday December 14, 2014 at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church. The donation will be used to fund desks for schools in Malawi, Africa as well as high school scholarships for Malawian girls. The scouts received contributions from the office of Mayor William Bell, Birmingham City Council members Steven Hoyt, Jay Roberson, and Kim Rafferty, the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church congregation and the Birmingham community.
The boys kicked off their fundraising during Hoyt’s annual “Party With a Purpose” in October. MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell, host of “The Last Word” show, founded the K.I.N.D. fund in partnership with UNICEF. O’Donnell has been a long-time advocate for the project. The scout pack’s 2013 donation of $18,067.75 remains the largest contribution to the project.
The Rev. John Cantelow, III, Pastor of Sixth Avenue, said the project has taught the scouts the importance of giving.
“Through this project, we are teaching them to serve and to give and that is vitally important,” Cantelow said. “They have put forth a concerted effort to give and it models what Christ did. He gave to so many people.”
Participating in the project will have a lasting impact on the scout, Cantelow said.
“Through their experiences with this project, giving will become apart of their DNA,” he said.