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We have received our first request for assistance from Moose Lake. The Assistance Collection Center needs to be relocated on Wednesday night to a larger facility. The effort will require physical labor, boxes, and vehicles to transport the goods being collected. Please, please please… consider the gift of some time and muscle to help the people of Moose Lake. Barney Hollis, Cubmaster of Pack 180 in Moose Lake, has told me that food is the number one need for the people of Moose Lake and this collection facility will help get that resource into the hands of the people that need it.

Moose Lake is already working very hard to clean up their community and to return life to normal. Their resilience and fortitude is impressive. Let’s help them get back on their feet.

If you are available to help, please contact Tom Meyer 218-591-9181 or tom.meyer@souting.org The move will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Moose Lake.

The Flood of 2012 has impacted our region and our communities to such a degree that it is hard to get our arms around its impact. Families are displaced and homes lost or flooded, roads and bridges damaged and out of service, while businesses impacted or completely wiped out. After long periods without power and high water in individual homes, a large portion of our local population is without food supplies or resources to replace what was lost. All over Southern     St Louis and Carlton Counties there is enormous need. As the floodwaters recede and communities and homes become accessible, the true tale of personal tragedy is beginning to hit home.

In Carlton County alone, there appears to be as many as 6000 homes that have been damaged. Basic needs like food, shelter, and clothing may be unavailable for many of these families and they need help. The Carlton County Volunteer Service Center is gathering assessments of need and recruiting volunteers as they collect resources for those in need. Voyageurs Area Council has been in contact with the Carlton County and we have asked that they let us know how we can help. Many Carlton County Scouts and Scouters are all ready engaged in their communities, but the need is great and of our fellow scouts and their families may be the victims of this disaster.

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