AUBURN, Mass. – An Auburn Boy Scout helped residents get emergency supplies on hand for winter as he completed his Eagle Scout project this week.
Nicholas Hernandez of Troop 101 built 20 Emergency Preparedness Kits for senior citizens, and he distributed these kits at the Auburn Senior Center on Tuesday.
“He’s been in the Boy Scouts since he was 7 years old, so this Eagle project was a big step for him,” said Jose Hernandez, Nicholas’ father. “It was a lot of hard work, taking about six months.
“It means a lot to the family,” Jose added.
These kits consist of nine items needed in the event that the senior citizens lose power and are in need of emergency resources:
- Candle plate
- Canned food
- First-aid kit
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Extra batteries
- NOAA radio
With the help of fellow scouts, leaders, past scouts and his parents Jose and Tracy, he assembled the 20 kits on Sunday and delivered them to the Senior Center on Tuesday for the seniors who reserved one.
Hernandez received many donations from local businesses, including Imperial Distributors, Masterman’s, Park ‘n Shop, Walmart and Ray's True Value Hardware of Millbury, along with private donations.
Hernandez is a senior at Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School, and he hopes to join the navy next year.
“Being an Eagle Scout will help him a lot,” his father said.
George Fournier, scoutmaster of Troop 101, said the troop has four Eagle Scouts this year. A ceremony for them will be held in the spring.