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13-y-o American Cub Scout donates to Lucea Infirmary

Thursday, January 09, 2014    

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LUCEA, Hanover — The 45 residents of the Lucea Infirmary had good reason to smile recently.

Thanks to 13-year-old American Cub Scout Tyler Bassaragh who was vacationing in the island with his sister and their parents.

Tyler, a Life Scout who is now working to achieve the Eagle Scout rank, late last month donated gift packages containing a wide variety of personal items to each of the residents.

According to Tyler, he was seeking an establishment in the Lucea community to extend his generosity when Ian Hayles, the member of Parliament for Western Hanover - who is a family member - "put in a good word" for the infirmary.

"I just wanted to help out in this community. We were looking for a place to start and my uncle Ian recommended this place," noted the Life Scout.

Life Scout rank is the second highest rank attainable and ranks above Star Scout, but falls below Eagle Scout, which is the highest rank attainable, in the Boy Scouting programme of the Boy Scouts of America.

The packages contained items such as towels, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and deodorant, and young Bassaragh revealed that he plans to continue to contribute to the infirmary for "years to come".

The cub scout was accompanied to the facility by his sister Abby, and their parents Rohan and Juley Bassaragh, who all assisted him in his drive to collect the US$2,500 worth of items in their South Jordan, Utah community.

Hayles was among those to express appreciation for the generosity of the American youth.

"Tyler, I want to thank you for the hard work that you have put in. I hope God may continue to bless you and I expect to see you back next year Christmas," Hayles remarked.

Matron of the Lucea Infirmary Hyacinth Hylton was equally appreciative.

"I am grateful today for these gifts that we have received. On behalf of the staff and residents of the Hanover Infirmary, I want to say many thanks," Hylton said. "I hope that this is only the beginning, so we will be looking forward to seeing you every year."

Derrick Malcolm, a resident, was also grateful.

"Thank you very much and I appreciate it," he told the youth.

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