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Poland Scout’s Eagle Scout project visits Cleveland VA Clinic

January 2, 2019
The Town Crier

On Dec. 15, Braxton Jones joined by members of Boy Scout Troop 9002 in Poland delivered 72 no-sew fleece blankets to veterans at the Cleveland VA Medical Center. This trip was the final step in completing Braxton's Eagle Scout Project. The fleece material had representation of the five branches of the military, stars, stripes, camo, and some pink designs for women veterans.

The project began in September following its approval and was inspired by Jones' many military veteran family members including his mom.

He received donations from family and friends along with several organizations like the Youngstown Rod and Custom and The First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association.

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Pictured are members of Boy Scout Troop 9002 out of Poland, who recently assisted Braxton Jones with a project to provide blankets to veterans at the VA Clinic in Cleveland. Members present included, in front row: Colin McDonald, Nick DiTommaso, Alex Mamounis, Gabriel Dearing and Mitchell Bogan. In back row are: David Vuksanovich, Jason Vuksanovich, Braxton Jones, Noah Dearing and Conner Blumel.

In addition, the staff at Joanne Fabrics in Boardman was of great assistance precutting the fleece to specified measurements.

Jones and members of his troop met to cut and assemble the blankets as well as packaging and labeling each individually.

The Scouts first visited the Spinal Cord Injury area of the hospital and went room to room talking, presenting blankets, and thanking the veterans for their service. One of these veterans told the Scouts that he worked in the kitchen at Boy Scout Camp Manatoc in Peninsula, Ohio in the late 80s. They traded stories of what is was then and how it is now.

Next was a visit to the Rec Room where there was a holiday celebration going on and where the rest of the blankets were passed out. Troop 9002 Scouts got a round of applause and thank you's when exiting.

The visit made an impact on not only the veterans but also those Scouts visiting. "The experience made me appreciate the sacrifices veterans make for us every day even more" said Jones.

The VA authorized the use of two vans from the Belmont VA Clinic in Youngstown to transport Scouts and adults to and from the VA Hospital in Cleveland.

VA volunteers Tom Semer (a U.S. Army Veteran) and Leslie Axelson were drivers. Volunteer Services contacts at the VA that assisted with arrangements, were Christine Parker and Cesar Ermano.

Braxton has participated in scouting since age 6 and is currently a sophomore at Poland Seminary High School where he is also a member of the marching band and the speech team.



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