Scouts help tornado victims

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 20, 2007

NORTH SHELBY &8212; As a young girl growing up in Huntsville, Martha Shaw can remember every drop of water that fell on her head as she huddled closely in the shower with the rest of her family the night tornadoes tore through their town.

That scene has stuck with her even today. So, it&8217;s no wonder she decided to pick up the phone the night she watched on TV as tornadoes ripped through the town of Greensburg, Kan., leaving only rubble in their wake.

&8220;It was a very emotional phone call,&8221; Shaw said about talking to Rick Reeve, director of field services for the Quivira Boy Scouts Council in Wichita, Kan.

As Reeve stood among the remains, he and Shaw developed the idea behind &8220;One Good Turn,&8221; an initiative to help the Boy and Girl Scouts of Greensburg replace the uniforms lost during the May 4 tornadoes.

Shaw, a resident of North Shelby and assistant den leader for Cub Scout Den 2 Pack 538, got together with the Quivira Boy Scouts and the Wheatbelt Girl Scouts in Hutchinson, Kan., to collect new and used uniforms, as well as monetary donations for the replacement of badges, to help restore the Greensburg Boy Scouts.

&8220;I know the pride that I see in my son when he wears his uniform, and it just burns me to think that these boys have earned a great deal but have nothing to show for it anymore,&8221; said Shaw, whose son Tommy is a cub scout.

Just like his mom, Tommy is eager to be involved with the process. &8220;I&8217;m sad that everything is gone, but I&8217;m really interested in helping them,&8221; he said.

&8220;One Good Turn&8221; has been collecting items since May and intends to collect them throughout the summer. Although they&8217;ve received around 20 Girl Scout uniforms, 15 Cub Scout uniforms and several Boy Scout and Troup Leader uniforms, they still don&8217;t have enough yet, Shaw said.

&8220;I&8217;ve imagined what it would be like if we were in a similar situation and to have someone turn around and give us uniforms &8212; that would be overwhelming,&8221; Shaw said. &8220;I know they want their uniforms back so they could feel proud.&8221;

For more information about donating or how to get involved with &8220;One Good Turn,&8221; contact Martha Shaw at 981-6697