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Eagle Scout aims to help with blessing boxes

From left, Deaven Francis, a senior at Parkersburg High School, and Kevin Trippett, president and CEO at Westbrook Health Services, stand beside the blessing box at 2121 Seventh St. in Parkersburg. (Photo provided by Claire Berlin)

PARKERSBURG — A senior at Parkersburg High School has installed a blessing box at Westbrook Health Services for his Eagle Scout project.

Blessing Boxes are free-standing mini food pantries where people are encouraged to take what they need. The guideline is take what is needed and leave what can be.

“I know people who have struggled and people who haven’t always had a guaranteed meal so I thought that I can help somebody out with my project,” Deaven Francis said.

For his Eagle Scout project, Francis built three blessing boxes and installed them in Parkersburg, Belpre and Bartlett.

Donations can be made to the blessing box by leaving it in the box. Most commonly donated items are canned and non-perishable foods, bottled water, small snacks and crackers.

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