The spirit of giving is very much alive with a local Boy Scout troop and church.

Both Boy Scout Troop 282 and Fairmount Christian Church of Independence collaborated on Saturday morning to assemble meal boxes that will feed over 300 local families in need this holiday season.

“I don’t think anybody has any idea what this means for local families,” said Mac Mcleod, one of the coordinators of the food drive.

This year marks the 25th anniversary the two groups have came together to aid the less fortunate. Mac’s wife, Liz, who is also the site manager of the food drive, said this year was the largest turnout of area families requesting both food and presents for Christmas. “We are praying this will be enough,” says Liz on the donations and amount of food they received.

Earlier this year, Troop 282 passed out grocery bags throughout various Independence neighborhoods in order for residents to donate non-pershiable food items to Fairmount Christian Church’s food pantry. Along with the help of other Kansas City metropolitan churches such as Mount Washington Baptist Church, St. Ann’s Catholic Church and Mount Calvary United Methodist Church, Fairmount’s food pantry received thousands of dollars worth of food. Plus on top of that, Troop 282 donated an additional $1500 in funds for the church to shop for groceries to ensure enough food will be provided for needy families.

“We couldn’t have done this without the Boy Scouts,” Liz says.

Fairmount’s parish members and Boy Scout troops busily made meal boxes consisting of canned vegetables, stuffing mix and mashed potatoes that will be distributed to families who pre-registered with the church.

“On both Tuesday and Thursday of this week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., families will be able to pick up meal boxes and toy presents for their children at Fairmount Church,” explained Liz. “We have to thank the community and especially Troop 282 for their ongoing support.”