The collection drive is the brainchild of Billy Panzella, 15, a Boy Scout with Troop 1 out of Milford as part of his quest to become an Eagle Scout.
Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting. To earn the rank a Boy Scout must, progress through all other ranks in proper order, earn 21 merit badges, serve 6 months in a troop leadership position, take part in a Scoutmaster conference, plan and develop a service project and successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.
Achieving Eagle Scout rank means the world to Billy. He said, “When someone reaches the rank of Eagle Scout it says something about them as a person. It shows what you are capable of doing, if you are determined and put your mind to something. It helps to teach you to be a responsible, productive member of the community.”
Billy explained why he chose Boys & Girls Village, Inc. as a beneficiary, “I believe BGV is a great organization that does wonderful things to help less fortunate children and families and give these kids a chance to be better and more productive citizens in their communities.”
Billy describes the project: “I decided to do this project because I wanted to do a service project for the Boys & Girls Village. I approached Joseph Tramuta, Co-Chair of their Board of Directors with this idea, and he paved the way for me to move forward. I have set up donation boxes in various locations around Milford and Orange. Once collected, my plan is to deliver the toys to BGV, and assist with wrapping and distributing the presents to the children.”
Those wishing to donate can drop off a new unwrapped toy at either Orange location until this Friday, Dec.12.