Hometown Heroes Deliver Popcorn to Veterans

By Melanie Chapman | mchapman@kolr10.com

Published 04/16 2014 08:53PM

Updated 04/16 2014 09:26PM

MT. VERNON, Mo. -- Local boy scouts wanted to show their appreciation for the country's heroes.  So they visited the Mt. Vernon Veterans Home, and delivered nearly 100 cases of popcorn.

Austin Safley, one of the scouts, said, "It makes me proud to see everybody, because they served our country so we could live our lives."

Safley, age nine, knows about the sacrifices members of the military make.  His father is a marine veteran, injured by shrapnel while fighting for our country.

"It's nice to have folks out and be concerned about the old veterans," said Lou Young, a veteran.

The popcorn comes from the scouts' fundraising efforts.  They put a lot of hard work into raising funds and the reward is paying off in many ways.  There's a lot of pre-popped popcorn for the veterans to enjoy at their leisure.

"These guys know what scouting is about, and for these guys to benefit from our fundraiser and be able to give them product, it's an amazing close to the circle, if you will, to these veterans," said Boy Scouts of America District Director Bryon Haverstick.

The "Greatest Generation" was honored by new generations.

Young said, "It's good to see some young people with some interest in things and I'm glad people are taking that interest in them and helping them."

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