Local Eagle Scout Project helping children through Rainbow Room
Local Life Scout Carter Smith of Troop 36 in New Boston is asking for your help with donations for his Eagle Scout Project which is to raise awareness and solicit donations to a very worthy local cause. Carter’s Eagle Project is to collect donations of diapers and wipes for the Bowie County Child Protective Service’s Rainbow Room. The Rainbow Room provides emergency provisions for children who are placed into CPS custody. From diapers and wipes to school supplies and clothing, the Rainbow Room is the first stop for caseworkers when gathering necessities in order to place a child. Carter, a freshman at New Boston High School, heard of the Rainbow Room from a family friend, and decided there was a need there that he wanted to help meet. “I knew from the start that I wanted to do something to benefit the community as a whole, and I’ve always been interested in CPS,” said Carter. He said, “Mrs. Darla Dike is a good friend of our family and she guided me in the right direction and gave me ideas on what I could do to help the children in CPS custody in our area.”
Carter is the son of Harold and Michele Smith, and began participating in Scouts at age six. Now a freshman, Carter is in high school band, theater, and is active in his youth group at First Baptist Church New Boston, where he plays the drums for both youth services and regular Sunday morning service. However, Carter says he will always make time for Scouts. “It’s something I’ve always enjoyed,” he explained. “I like having all the camp outs and doing all the service projects. My favorite part is being able to spend time with my troop. We always enjoy each other’s company. There’s always a ton of laughs…it’s just a really good time.”
Those interested in helping Carter with his project have several options. You may drop off wipes and diapers in any size in the boxes Carter has placed at any of the following locations in New Boston: Wal-Mart, Burger Joint, First Baptist Church - New Boston, Tapp Memorial Methodist Church, Guaranty Bank, Red River Federal Credit Union, First Baptist Church - DeKalb, Spring Market - DeKalb, Bowie County Citizens Tribune, David’s Hair Design, Oakview Primary School, and the office of Attorney Mike Brock.
Carter will also have tables set up to accept donations in front of Wal Mart and Brookshires in New Boston on Saturday, April 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Monetary donations are also encouraged, and can be arranged by calling Harold Smith at (903)949-5335.
On Friday, April 5, Carter and fellow scouts presented the colors for Go Blue Day at the Bowie County Courthouse. Carter’s donation drive runs through April 29, and was planned to coincide with National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
One hundred percent of donations accepted through this fundraiser will go directly to the Rainbow Room.