All over the town of New Castle, Cub Scout troop leader John Harcourt and Pack 221 are pretty busy.
They are preparing for this year’s annual food drive that the scouts started seven years ago.
It keeps getting bigger each year, with this year looking to be the biggest of them all.
“I’m excited about it,” Harcourt said.
Harcourt and the scouts are trying to set a world record Saturday for the most food collected per capita by a community in 24 hours—which means collecting about 14,000 pounds.
“Officially start at 1:00 p.m. and go until 12:59 p.m. on Sunday so we have 24 hours to establish the record,” Harcourt said.
When it comes to success, Pack 221 has all the ingredients.
With a town population of 4,600, Harcourt says they need each person to donate three pounds of food to make their goal.
“Anything above that would be a bonus for us,” Harcourt said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we go over 20-thousand pounds.”
Every pound will be donated to Lift Up, a local group that helps more than 800 people a year.
“It’s a team effort,” Harcourt said.
It’s all happening on the same day as 9Cares Colorado Shares—which is why Harcourt says it’s not just about getting New Castle in the record books but more about helping others.
“It’s just a great time of year to be giving and sharing,” he said.