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Local boy scout groups help their peers in need at child advocacy center

Members of the Boy Scouts Bears Pack 60 are Blake Hamm (from left, front row), Gage Stubbs, Baxton Mathis, Walther Watson (second row), Kaiden Mahoney, Kyler Fields, Karen Syden (third row), Chad Mathis and Natalie Mauney. (Special Photo)

Members of the Boy Scouts Bears Pack 60 are Blake Hamm (from left, front row), Gage Stubbs, Baxton Mathis, Walther Watson (second row), Kaiden Mahoney, Kyler Fields, Karen Syden (third row), Chad Mathis and Natalie Mauney. (Special Photo)

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Members of the Boy Scouts Weblos Pack 60 are Levi Frederick (from left, front row), Levi Shepherd, Devon Ryan, Julienne Mack, Adam Gay (second row), Hunger Watson, Justin Johns, Michael Newman, Shane Goforsh (third row) and Anthony Grew. (Special Photo)

HAMPTON — Two groups of Boy Scouts paid a visit this month to the Southern Crescent Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center in Hampton.

The Bears and the Weblos of Pack 60 in Hampton gave several items to the center in the name of the children it serves.

The scouts began collecting in September, and this month, donated 200 personal care kits and several more toys, stuffed animals and snacks.

Bears leader Natalie Mahoney said she was pleased with the community service project.

“The boys were very excited,” said Mahoney. “I’m very proud of the boys, because they were giving to other children.”

The child advocacy center provides community education that targets adult and child victims dealing with the immediate and long-term effects of sexual assault.

The Jonesboro-based agency has provided services to area victims since 1994.

It expanded services in April by opening a satellite office in Hampton, which offers 24-hour crisis response and expeditious sexual assault examinations.

“This much-needed facility is proving to be a haven for hurting children and adults,” said Gayla Nobles, the center’s executive director.

She said local law enforcement agencies and area hospitals have welcomed the new facility as a means of providing forensic exams and interviews relating to the assaults that have occurred.

Those interested in donating to the center are asked to call 770-603-4045 or email Nobles at gnobles@scsac.org.