Wolf Scouts from Unity Cub Scout Pack 233 wanted to make sure organizations and people in need received help all year long, and not just around the holiday seasons.

So, for nearly two short months, five Scouts (all second graders) and their families saved soda can tabs by the handfuls — totaling 15 pound — to donate to the Bangor Ronald McDonald House on State Street in Bangor.

To many, a soda can tab is just an easy way to open the can, but to these Scouts and this charity, it is a way to give back to the community and help others. The collected tabs were personally brought back to the Ronald McDonald House in Bangor Saturday, May 14, by Jacob Spaulding and Caleb Raven, two dedicated Wolf Scouts, and also by Tiger Cub Scouts in training, Luke Raven and Henry Spaulding. The boys were accompanied by Wolf Den Leader Jenn Raven and volunteer Maria Valles.

The boys had a special tour of the house and got to see how their hard efforts will be helping those families who need a place to stay while a family member is staying at the nearby hospital. They even got to play on the playground there, where they learned that previous Scouts have made it a safe place to play and that the picnic tables were also a Scout project.

The Scouts wish to thank Tara, who works at the house, for taking the time to help them with their good cause. Collecting tabs was fun and a convenient way for Scouts to follow the Cub Scout promise — “I, (name), promise to do my best, to do my duty to God and my Country, to help other people and to obey the law of the pack” — and also to recycle at the same time and work on some various awards.

The Scouts report that this is just the beginning of their community service to the Ronald McDonald House and other organizations, and that they are looking forward to saving even more tabs, preparing some food baskets to donate and collecting toys for children at Christmas. The soda can tab donation may have been small in size but the appreciation and gratitude was defiantly well received.

After the tour at the Ronald McDonald House, the boys were treated to McDonalds at which they were quick to spot a sticker on the door stating that for every Happy Meal purchased, a donation was made to the Ronald McDonald Charity. So the boys did not help in just one way, but two ways that day.

Pack leaders say “Thank you” to the boys and families in the Wolf den of Unity Cub Scout Pack 233, who helped to remember to pop the tab before recycling the rest of the can.