Boy Scouts hold fundraising effort for families of the Valley shooting victims

ILION, N.Y. (WKTV) - Saturday morning, 15-year-old Jordan Fitch of Ilion spent hours going door to door in his hometown.

He was one of many Troop 8 Boy Scouts taking part in a fundraising effort for the families of the victims of the shootings in the Mohawk Valley.

Fitch says many residents had garbage bags full of cans and bottle already sitting on their porches, due to the publicity their can and bottle drive effort received earlier in the week.

The idea to raise money for the families was that of Troop 8 Eagle Scout Shannon Marlowe.

Marlowe says he contacted his Troop Master John Forbes the night of the shootings. He said, "Scouts are community oriented people, and I thought this would be a great thing to get them involved in and to help out these community and these families."

Forbes says he is proud of all of his scouts and the his fellow Herkimer County residents who helped the cause on Saturday. He said "That's the Mohawk Valley. It's amazing that the people, with the tough times that they are now, people are stretched just to make their own living, yet they reach into their pockets and they find that last little dollar or ten to help others that are in more of a desperate need. So that's just incredible."

If you would like to make a monetary donation, you can call Shannon Marlowe at (315) 877-5312. Checks are payable to Boy Scout Troop 8.

Donations, both cans, bottles and monetary, can be dropped off at an Ilion residence, 197 East Clark Street.

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