28 December 2008

Eagle Scout candidate assists Landstuhl patients

Over the course of the years, Soldiers' Angels has had the opportunity to work with many Eagle Scout candidates who have volunteered to support wounded and ill Soldiers as part of their community service projects. Soldiers' Angels Germany has been at the receiving end of a few of these efforts, coordinated by my colleague Roger who is SA's POC for Eagle Scout projects.

Because it takes over 300 individual requirements and several years to accomplish the necessary steps, only about 3% of boys who enter the scouting program earn the Eagle Rank.

The final, and one of the most challenging requirements, is performing a service project to aid the community. The scout is responsible for planning, organizing and running the project, which can often run into hundreds of hours of work.

"May the Force be with you" - one of the quilts from Lehi Hazen's Eagle Scout project for patients at Landstuhl hospital. Clockwise from top left: Lehi Hazen, Elder Hoyt, Lehi's Dad LTJG Vaughn Hazen (USCG Reserve), and Elder Aguirre.

Today, I'd like to introduce Lehi Hazen of Boy Scout Troop 832 in Rosenberg, Texas. Inspired by his Mom Jori's long-time support as a Blankets of Hope sewer, and knowing how cold Germany is at this time of year, Lehi decided blankets would be the focus of his Eagle Scout project. Enlisting the support of family, fellow scouts, and community members, Lehi recently sent over 30 Blankets of Hope for distribution to the patients at Landstuhl hospital.

Just 21 of the 30-plus Blankets of Hope generated through Lehi's Eagle Scout community service project for the patients at Landstuhl hospital.

The scouts of Lehi's Troop 832 in Rosenberg, Texas created the squares for this quilt sent to Soldiers' Angels Germany for the patients at Landstuhl hospital.

Mom Jori Hazen at the sewing maching with Lehi's youngest sister Harmony. Jori, assisted by Harmony, has been making quilts for the patients at Landstuhl hospital since 2006.

On behalf of Soldiers' Angels, I would like to thank Lehi for his Eagle project to collect and send Blankets of Hope to Landstuhl Army Medical Center in Germany. Landstuhl has served over 50,000 patients since 2003, and the tangible support of patriotic citizens like him has made their stay here brighter and more comfortable.

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