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WILLIAMSON COUNTY (WSIL) -- Scouts across southern Illinois are do their part to keep neighbors fed this Thanksgiving.

Troops held drive-thru food drives to make up for the loss of their traditional "Blue Bag" pick-ups.

Scouts were out in nearly every town in the region Saturday morning, collecting food items that they then deliver to shelters and food pantries.

In Herrin, Scout leaders say they were "on track" to meet their goals, averaging more than 3,000 items each year.

The collection took place in the parking lot of Southside Lumber.

Meanwhile, the Marion drive-thru was off to a steady start just an hour into the event.

Kathline Gaare-Wiese, Troop 7021 Committee Chair, organized the location at the Zion Church and also helped to collect non-perishable items with other scout leaders.

She says the "need" is why they are determined to "still" Scout for Food.

"The shelves are still empty, Boy Scouts have responsibility to help other people at all times," Gaare-Wiese explains. "So we're out here to help people as much as we can; hopefully we'll do more drives later in the year, but right we need to get food on the shelves for Thanksgiving."

She says it is unfortunate the Scouts were unable to conduct their traditional "blue bag" method, where they deliver empty bags to homes and return a few weeks later to pick them up loaded with non-perishable items.

"They are definitely sad," says Gaare-Wiese, "Because they enjoy doing this service project and even though it's cold and rainy, they still enjoy doing it."

The collection continues with bins located at churches, grocery stores, and gas stations across the region. Those will remain open to food donations until December 13th.

The Murphysboro Food Pantry also has an exterior food drop off box, which is checked daily, so food donations can be dropped off at any time.

Food items can also be dropped off at the Boy Scouts of America Service Center, located at 803 East Herrin Street in Herrin during office hours.

Food Collection Points for food drop off in bins


Gorham Community Center, 306 Washington Street in Gorham, IL

Collection bin is outside.

Sand Ridge

Sand Ridge Baptist Church in Sand Ridge, IL

Collection bin is outside.


St. Ann's Catholic Church, 101 Raddle Church Lane in Raddle, IL.

Collection bin is inside.


Dollar General, 101 Springfield Avenue, Anna, IL

Collection bin is inside.

Kroger Store, 45 Plaza Drive, Anna, IL.

Collection bin is inside.


Dolor General, 607 East Broad St., Jonesboro, IL

Collection bin is inside.


Dollar General, 315 NE Front St., Dongola, IL

Collection bin is inside.


Perry County Market Place, 412 South Main St., Pinckneyville, IL


Casey’s General Store, 917 South Maple St. Cambria, IL


Casey’s General Store, 1207 South Division St., Carterville, IL

Borowiak’s IGA Foodliner, 1114 South Division St. Carterville, IL

Dollar General, 314 West Plaza, Carterville, IL


Kroger Store, 1609 South Park Ave., Herrin, IL.

Collection bin inside the Exit door.


Casey’s General Store, 16060 Cambria Road, Hurst, IL


Dollar General Store, 110 North Giant City Road, Carbondale, IL

Dollar General Store, 5555 Old Highway 51, Carbondale, IL

Dollar General Store, 2160 West Ramada Lane, Carbondale, IL

Dr. Joseph Hudgins Orthodontics, 1180 Cedar Court, Carbondale, IL

Hours – Mon-Thur, 8 am to 5 pm; Friday, 8 am to noon.

Castle Perilous Games and Books, 207 West Main, Carbondale, IL

Hours – M-Sat, 10 am to 9 pm; Sunday, Noon to 6 pm (Thanksgiving may differ)

Kroger Store, 501 North Giant City Road, Carbondale, IL

Joe Rehana

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