Eagle Scout project warms more than your heart

Eagle Scout project warms more than your heart

A local boy is one of Southeast Texas’ newest Eagle Scouts after he collected coats, sweaters and blankets for the Salvation Army in Orange.

Nathan Zerko of Boy Scout Troop 223 in Orange received the honor Dec. 9, 2012, after a successful board of review. With the help of friends and family in the scouting community, Zerko distributed more than 300 flyers and numerous donation boxes at businesses near Orange. The scout’s original quota of 150 coats was soon blown away as he began to empty the boxes, revealing the community in Orange had donated some 800 clothing items.

The West Orange-Stark High School senior said he was glad to help his local community.

“Families in my community will benefit from this project,” he said in a statement. “It involves helping others and will promote a feeling of good will toward fellow man.”

John Zerko, Nathan’s grandfather and a long-time Pinehurst city councilman, said they had no idea the project would turn out so well.

“It took two van loads to deliver it to the Salvation Army,” Zerko said in a statement. “The items were of good quality. Some were even new items with the tags still on them.”

Captain Michael Cox of the Salvation Army in Orange said Zerko’s project might have kept many families in the area warm and cozy during the coldest winter months.

“These donations were of great value to our area,” Cox said in a statement. “It was a very worthwhile project and Nathan has truly been a blessing to us.”