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Eagle Scout project helping clothe needy

Lane McMurtrey with clothes collected so far.

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POSTED October 5, 2009 2:18 a.m.

Lane McMurtrey is focused on clothing the less fortunate for his Eagle Scout project.

Lane, who has been in scouting since he was eight years old, is collecting clothing articles for the event he has set up for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10, at the Manteca Senior Center, 275 Cherry Lane.  Mantecans are asked to drop off their clothes on Friday with the distribution set for Saturday.
Each person will be given a 10-gallon plastic bag and hand stamped.  They may fill the bags with clothes of their choice.  At the end of the giveaway they may return and take whatever is left.

Lane, 13, is an eighth grader at Walter Woodward Elementary School and will be going to Sierra High School next year.  He is following in the footsteps of his brother Quinn who earned his Eagle Scout rank several months ago.

A member of Troop 441, he said other scouts from his troop and from his former Ripon Troop 440 are expected to take part in the clothes drive to help make it a success.  Emails have been sent out enmasse asking friends and church members to help him in his project.

Lane has been in scouting since he joined as a Cub Scout when he was eight years old living in Idaho.  Since then he has belonged to scouting activities in East Texas, Las Vegas  and in Ripon and in Manteca.  Another project the young boy tackled was making quilts for less fortunate people in Las Vegas who had nothing.

After high school he hopes to go to the University of California at Santa Barbara for an engineering degree.  His second choice is Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  He said he has been inspired in his education by his current math teacher Rob Gulden who teaches Algebra 1 at Walter Woodward.

When living in East Texas he would make routine visits to nursing homes to cheer up the residents.  Lane has also been a faithful visitor at animal shelters in the past where he would take them out of their cages, pet them and take the dogs on walks.

One project he took on was to take the animals one at a time giving them baths.  He remembers getting very wet in the process.
Any questions toward the giving or receiving of the clothing may call Lane at 923-4516.

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