Three Faulkner County Scouting Units helped fill sandbags for community members at the Beaverfork Fire Department.
Pack 444, Troop 444 and Troop 6444, all of the First United Methodist Church in Vilonia, decided to volunteer their time to help those in need.
“This is what scouting is all about,” District Executive Caleb Hickerson said. “Yes there are camp outs and activities such as Pinewood Derbies, summer camps, etc. but when the community is in need, that is when scouts should jump to action.”
The units decided to help their neighbors, as Vilonia is not expected to be hit hardest from the flood.
“These are the type of values the program instills in the youth, regardless of their age,” Hickerson said.
The group who filled sandbags included children in elementary school and up to high-school-aged teens.
The local district, known as the Foothills District, includes Faulkner, Conway, Perry, Cleburne and Van Buren counties. Hickerson is the executive who oversees this district.
For more information or to register a child, contact Hickerson at Caleb.email@example.com.
More about sandbags
As of Friday, more than 65,000 sandbags had been filled by volunteers from across the state. Volunteers began filling the bags on May 22 in anticipation of the historic flooding.
Nearly 50,000 of those sandbags were filled at the Beaverfork Fire Department.
Volunteer firefighters at the department, as well as other organizers and volunteers, offer sandbag delivery to those who cannot make it to the station to pick up bags to protect their homes.
Those who need sandbags delivered to their residence are asked to call BFD volunteers at 501-514-2302.
Sandbag volunteering opportunities are available at:
• Beaverfork Fire Department, located at 2 Beaverfork Road.
• The Conway Transportation Department, located at 100 E. Robins St.
• Highway 286 East Fire Station, located at 268 Highway 286 East.
There are also two self-filling stations set up for residents in need to walk up and fill whatever amount of sandbags they need at:
• Mayflower City Hall, located at 2 Ashmore Drive.
• The lot across from Red Robin, located at 1292 E. Dave Ward Drive.