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PHOTO CAPTION: Luke Johnson, a Cub Scout with Osan's Pack 86 helps a play area windows at the Jacob's House orphanage. U.S. Army photo by Edward Johnson

 

Scouts lend hand to Jacob's House

 

By Mary Kim, USAG Humphreys, Public Affairs

 

PYEONGTAEK - First-hand experience is often the best way to learn about

life.

 

With that in mind, boys from Cub Scout Pack 86 and Boy Scout Troop 88

recently pitched in to help out around Jacob's House, a local orphanage for

children in need.

 

The Scouts also collected donations for the orphanage, including an

assortment of diapers, 24o pounds of rice and other food items.

 

Jacob's House was built in 1985. Children at the home range in age from

newborn to three years old. The orphanage is currently home to 41 boys and

girls.

 

Between taking care of the children's needs and upkeep of the facility,

Jacob's House is in continual need of volunteers, and that's where the

Scouts came in.

 

After delivering their donations, the boys spent the morning cleaning the

orphanage's first floor common areas, including an indoor playground and

library. The younger boys focused their efforts on organizing children's

books and mopping the floors, while the older Scouts took turns vacuuming

the floors and cleaning the windows.

 

USAG Humphreys' Chief of Community Relations, Pom Tong Yu, helped organize

the event and served as the day's escort and translator.

 

"The work they did was a big help to the orphanage," said Yu. "You could see the

Scouts were anxious to work and took pride in their volunteer service."

 

Their efforts continue a long tradition of cooperation between Americans and

Jacob's House.

 

"It was great experience for me and my companions. If I have a chance to do

this again, I would take it and would recommend it to others," said Chris

Lycan, a Boy Scout with Troop 88 in Yongsan.

 

Ko, Eun-ju, Jacob's House director, talked about how much the Scouts'

efforts meant.

 

"The Jacob's House workers and children really appreciate their help," Ko

said. "Although they are still young, they are mature and have a strong

sense of responsibility and care about contributing to the community. If

they maintain this, they will be fine young men and contributors to

society."

 

Units or individuals interested in helping the Jacob's House should call

031-658-5166 or 031-652- 2311.

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