Maricopa Cub Scout Pack 389 at Walmart. Photo by Michelle Chance

A local cub scout pack continued a holiday tradition recently by purchasing toys and clothing for other children.

For the fifth consecutive year, Maricopa Cub Scout Pack 389 handpicked presents for 24 kids at Walmart on Dec. 7.

“It’s really important in scouting to give back to your community and make sure you are showing the philanthropy and doing service toward our community,” said Chris Cahall, Cub Scout pack leader.

The troop used angel tree tags from Community of Hope Church and the Maricopa Unified School District along with $800 they raised throughout the year to buy the gifts.

The most popular request from boys and girls this year? Clothing.

“(It’s) surprising because in years past, we’ve had a lot more toy requests and we always try to throw something in that’s fun if we can, if we’re allowed, to, but this year I’d say about 98 percent of the requests have been for clothes.”

Cub Scout Parker Moore, a first grader, selected a gray and orange jacket for a local boy on his list. He was also excited that children would receive fun presents too.

“They might not have enough money to buy toys, so I would like to give toys to them,” Moore said.

The scouts found plenty of toys for local children. Eight-year-old Connor Smith found a LEGO kit for a boy near his age, but choosing a gift for a girl was a bit more challenging.

“It was very confusing. Very confusing,” Smith said, smiling.

With assistance from their parents, the scouts succeeded in purchasing a gift for every child while experiencing the spirit of giving.

“I think they’ll feel happy and excited that we came out here today and bought all of them presents,” said 9-year-old Cub Scout Ethan Cahall.

For more information on Cub Scout Pack 389, visit their Facebook page.

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