Many Upper Rogue youth benefit from Homeland Security

Troop 48's trailer
Since Homeland Security has stepped up the inspections at all public transportation depots many people have lost items such as scissors, cork screws and knives. Many airports destroy these items, but some donate them to worthy causes. One such cause is found locally.

For the last few years many of us have attempted to get aboard an
airline flight just to be delayed by having to place all of our belongings onto
a scanner. If you were one of many who had items confiscated by airport
authority during this process you will be glad to know that all is not wasted.


Since Homeland Security has stepped up the inspections at all public
transportation depots many people have lost items such as scissors, cork screws
and knives. Many airports destroy these items, but some donate them to worthy
causes. One such cause is found locally.

Many of the items confiscated locally are given Randy and Kathy Sell
who then sell them and the money is donated or used to help Upper Rogue youth
in many different ways.

Among those who have been recipients of this windfall are the Eagle
Point High School industrial arts classes (scissors were donated to help with
fly tying classes, tools were purchased and donated to the auto shop classes).
Scissors are often distributed to many of the Upper Rogue schools and teachers
for use in their classrooms and offices. 4-H groups have been given knives to
use for awards, the Prospect Search and Rescue have also been given items to
aid their program. The local Cub and Boy Scout troops have benefitted as well.
AKnife@ money has paid for things like ladders and
lifeguard torpedos for camps at Lake of the Woods and Crescent Lake. 

One of the first projects that was taken on was to help with a trailer
for Eagle Point
=s Troop 48. The old horse trailer was donated to the
troop and was then totally striped inside and out. Troop members worked hard at
sanding and repainting the outside, sandblasting was donated by Jerry
=s Sandblasting, diamond plating was donated by
Pyramid Custom Fabrication, while tires and wheels came from Table Rock Tire.
The inside of the trailer was relined with wood from Oregon West Lumber and was
beautifully finished by Randy Sell. Inside the back of the trailer you will
find the Scout Law and Oath routered into each door. You will also find hooks
and water containers inside the trailer making it much easier for many boys to
use. Many people and businesses came together to do this project but most of
the financing came from those items from the airport. So this is one time we
can say something very positive came from Homeland Security. This trailer has
served many of our local youth in a very positive way helping them get to
outdoor adventures and guiding them to be good young men.

by Kathy Sell

for the Independent 

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