Alex Last is a member of Troop 927 – sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Marsh Creek Ward – and he’s been collecting monetary donations and items for care packages for soldiers overseas. The packages are filled with things to keep the troops warm and dry, as the area’s weather this time of the year features temperatures in the 40s plus snow.
Alex held a kick-off party early this month and is collecting cold weather items through Saturday, Jan. 29. He plans to coordinate with the post office and ship the care packages on Saturday, Feb. 12. On the recommendation of Josie and Jeff Monaghan from Antioch Military Families & Friends, Last’s goal is to ship at least 50 boxes to the troops.
“I’ve always looked up to those who have and are serving in the military,” Alex wrote in a letter. “I hope to bring joy to those who make it possible for us to have peace and joy here at home.”
Alex said that this mission has taken on extra meaning to him. His cousin, U.S. Army Pfc. Trevor Taylor – 1st Cavalry, 3rd Brigade – enlisted last year and will deploy to Iraq later this month. Last said his cousin’s selfless decision to serve has been an inspiration for his project.
In addition to his cousin, a member of his church – U.S. Air Force Capt. Christopher Lopez – has been assigned to the Army’s 184th Expeditionary Sustainment Command unit in Afghanistan. “He left the end of December,” said Last, “and is now fighting the blowing dirt and sand of Afghanistan.” Lopez and Taylor will receive packages sent by Last.
The impending Eagle Scout has been involved in Scouting since the age of 8. A member of Order of the Arrow and leader in numerous roles, Last said his most rewarding scouting experience occurred two years as a den chief for Combined Packs 927 and 297. He currently serves as Venture Crew Secretary.