The Cub Scouts of Pack 177 and HP4K got together again to help the kids of St Joseph’s Orphanage in Cincinnati. Players from the Cincinnati Cyclones in attendance were Dan Eves, Brett Wysopal, Teddy Ruth, and Brooks Ostergard. During an evening of food and fun the players engaged with the kids over questions about what it’s like being a professional athlete, and the game of hockey. They took time to raffle off hockey memorabilia and sign autographs for the Cubs. “I’m trying to teach the Cub Scouts to give back to the community and to those less fortunate,” says Scout Leader Jonathan Phillips. “These gifts are going to kids in our town”.
Tracy Blankenmeyer from St Joseph’s joined the festivities,“For 4 years, St. Joseph’s Orphanage has been blessed by a friendship with both the Cub Scouts and HP4K who continue to be a very special part of our Christmas celebration. Year after year, these young Scouts and their families go out of their way to make sure our children have a fantastic Christmas. They fill our front lobby with bikes, balls, skateboards, clothes – all things our budget could not support on its own. We feel the benefit of their thoughtfulness all year long. This was a special year for me, being my first opportunity to experience what goes into this donation by attending the Scouts HP4K Holiday Giftstravaganza. I was so impressed with the sense of community and care every Scout, Leader, family member, and HP4K player held. I’ve always had a front row view of the great impact the gifts from this event have on SJO youth, but getting to see the enthusiasm and excitement that goes into this giving was really amazing. I just can’t thank all of you enough.”
The Scouts had a blast and are looking forward to next year’s party! “One more gift than last year is our goal,” laughed Cubmaster Mack Swenson. We think the Cub Scouts are up for the challenge.