Cub scout troop 141, based out of Staunton, has done its part to make a difference, not only in the community but also in the lives of other people.
Throughout the course of April, the troop collected pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, which houses families of children who are being treated at Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana University Hospital, Methodist Hospital or any other Indianapolis-area hospital.
"On our last count, the boys collected around 2,000 tabs in the course of the month," troop leader Casey Carter said.
The collection was an effort that hit close to home for the parents of the troop.
"My son and another one of the boys have both been patients at Riley Children's Hospital," Andrea Minor said.
Andrea's son Noah suffered from Pyloric Stenosis as an infant. Pyloric Stenosis is a narrowing of the pylorus, in the lower part of the stomach. Food and other stomach contents pass through it to enter the small intestine. The muscles in the pylorus become enlarged and food cannot empty through the stomach.
"My husband and I thought it would be a good community service for the boys," Carter said. "It was a great way to teach the children how to give back to the community."
Casey's son, Keith, has had five heart surgeries and currently has a pacemaker, but the 7-year-old runs and plays just like the other boys in his troop.
The pop tabs collection is the second largest fundraiser for Riley and the McDonald House. The tabs are recycled and money generated is used for up keep of the buildings.
"We went last weekend and delivered the tabs and we took a tour of the facility," Casey said.
Cub scouts are required throughout the year to participate in community, family and troop activities throughout the year. The scouts keep a book to log information in.
"It was a very cool experience for the kids," Andrea said.