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Eagle Scout clothes children

Dan Bischoff, Of the Record staff

The Blackfeet Indian Reservation near Browning, Mont., received a surprise Christmas gift from 15-year-old Kyle Matt of Park City.

For his Eagle Scout project, he collected clothing for a children’s nurturing center and personally drove the 11 hours to the reservation, near Glacier National Park, and delivered the items on Dec. 27. He gathered clothing, starting in October, from his church and his father’s work. He wrote a newsletter that he sent around his community and collected from his neighborhood.

"We had to borrow a trailer to haul more than 40 boxes," Matt said. "I collected stuff like clothes, coats, shoes, socks, pants and shirts."

He chose to give to the reservation because his father grew up there and knew of the need children have in the area. Matt said the children at the reservation are often neglected by their parents.

"Child protection services will take them and put them into a nurturing center," Matt said. "When they go there, they just have the clothes on their backs. They don’t get much funding because they don’t get many donations. So I decided to donate them."

Matt feels that his Eagle project was worthy of the award he earned.

"It was a good experience," Matt said. "I thought I accomplished something that helped them and I felt like my Eagle Scout project was an accomplishment. I collected a whole lot more than I thought I was going to."


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