Sout Collin Lammers, life Scout Zane Bailey & scout Bryant Lammers place donation boxes at Bowman & Landes Turkey Farm, one of 4 locations to drop off clothing & food for Bailey's Eagle Scout Project. ANDY GRIMM | PHOTO

With a heart for helping those in need, Zane Bailey, is leading a Super Bowl Food and Clothing Drive to serve area families for his Eagle Scout Project. Barrels to collect the donated items will be at Big Mike’s Gas Station, Bowman & Landes and the West Charleston Church of the Brethren from January 15 to February 2. All the collected clothing will go to Anna’s Closet and the food to New Path, Inc.

A member of Troop 286 which meets at the West Charleston Church, Bailey is in the eighth grade at Bethel. At just 13 years old, he’s already earned 21 merit badges and working towards becoming an Eagle by following his heart. “I am passionate about serving others and wanted to do something that gave back to the community,” he said.

Bailey attends Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church, where with the youth group he has went on a number of mission trips to serve at food banks; including to Pittsburgh, Nashville, and Indianapolis. At Ginghamsburg, Bailey is also a part of the media team as he helps operate the lights and runs the camera.

In addition to collecting the items, Bailey also plans to help sort everything out at both Anna’s Closet and New Path. He chose them as the beneficiaries of his collection after hearing that they serve over 300 families a month. To further promote donations, Bailey has gotten his school involved as grades six through eight will be holding a competition between each grade level for the most collected items. The prize will be homework passes. “We are thankful to Principal Dedrick for being very supportive,” said Bailey.

At Bethel Middle School, Bailey runs both cross country and track. He’s also a member of the band. A lot of his remaining time is spent on the scouts. For Troop 286 he has served as patrol leader and is a den chief for Pack 94, where he helps with the younger children. Bailey enjoys the camping trips, in all types of weather, and is especially fond of mountain/rock climbing. “I like pushing myself to the limit,” he said.

Furthermore, Bailey has delivered the Tippecanoe Gazette since 2015 to homes in the area of Hyatt and Broadway.  

Two of Bailey’s younger brothers; Zander and Zayden are also in scouts. After receiving his Eagle, Bailey plans to remain a part of his troop in some capacity, such as serving as a mentor

To support the Super Bowl Food and Clothing Drive, canned good and non-perishable items or infant to adult sized (gently used) clothing can be dropped off at Big Mike’s Gas Station on State Route 201, Bowman & Landes (6490 Ross Rd), and the West Charleston Church of the Brethren (4817 State Route 202). Donations at the church only, must be done Monday –Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. There is a special need for girl toddler clothes.

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