Scout’s Eagle project provides boost for ACTS

September 28, 2018

The headquarters of Area Churches Together Serving, in downtown Aiken, has a new resource in place this month, courtesy of Noah Theobald and his neighbors in Boy Scout Troop 115.

A wooden, weather- and theft-resistant drop box for donations is now part of the layout, as the result of Theobald’s Eagle Scout service project, which started taking shape in the second week of August. He finished it early this month.

“It will make a great big difference,” said Karen Perry, ACTS’ operations manager. “We have people that will go through the donations, or take them, when we’re not here, so with this donation box, that will help prevent some of that. Sometimes they go through them, rip open the bags and there’s clothing all over the parking lot.”

“I went to ACTS, looking for ideas that they might need, and they suggested this,” said Theobald, a freshman at Aquinas High School, in Augusta. He confirmed that protection from wind and rain has been a major concern with regard to ACTS donations.

Theobald, whose parents are Aiken residents John and Barbara Theobald, said the work site was Aiken’s Knights of Columbus hall, and one of the major challenges involved “staying on task.”

Jim Lee, a family friend served as the future Eagle’s mentor on the project, and the troop’s recent adult leaders have included Scoutmaster Joe Deskevich and his predecessor, Mike Collins. The troop is based at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church.

ACTS, relying on support from dozens of congregations around Aiken County, dates back to 1986 and has its roots in a clothing ministry run by First Presbyterian Church of Aiken. Thrift shops run by ACTS are in Aiken and Graniteville, and the ministry provides help in such areas as food, clothing, mediation, utilities and furniture, along with running a program to provide free food for needy seniors, with distribution centers in Aiken, Wagener and Jackson.

ACTS’ mission, as stated on the website, is “to partner with churches, organizations, and individuals to provide assistance to our neighbors in need, in the name of Jesus Christ.”

The main facility is at 340 Park Avenue SW, near St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church. Details are at actsofaiken.org and (803) 642-5919.

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