With only one merit badge to go before becoming an Eagle Scout, one Glendale teen has made it his mission to help the troops serving in Afghanistan by managing a travel size, non-perishable goods drive at multiple locations in Queens.
Eric Kramer, 16, of Christ the King High School, met at Assemblymember Michael Miller’s office on Wednesday, July 14 to discuss the collection which will include everything from dental floss and baby wipes, to DVDs and playing cards.
“Our veterans have done so much for us fighting for our freedom. I thought it would be a good way to pay tribute to them,” said Kramer, who is a member of Scout Troop 427.
His childhood friend Jason Altrui, a former Queens local currently residing in Arizona, accompanied Kramer to Miller’s office described his Pre-K ally as “generous and caring.” For Kramer, it’s all a part of growing up.
“[Becoming an eagle scout] is a big step . . . it shows that I have leadership skills. I can take responsibility and become a better adult.”
Among the Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable and requires 21 merit badges to earn.
Miller – who became an Eagle Scout in 1975 – was drawn to Kramer after hearing him speak at a local Kiwanis Club meeting.
“Both of my offices will be opened as drop-off points for supplies,” said Miller.
For a catalog of all desired items for Kramer’s “Supplies for our Troops” drive, contact the office of Michael Miller at 718-805-0950