Kingston Cub Scouts sending pouches for animals in Australia
A Kingston Cub Scout pack is taking their service project beyond Oklahoma borders.
They're hoping to help animals caught in the Australia bushfires. More than half a billion wild animals have already died.
Pack 126 is making pouches out of blankets for baby animals in Australia. They're sending them to a non-profit called Wildcare Australia Inc. working to rescue and rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.
Bushfires have already burned more than 25 millions of acres of land there, leaving behind a lot of work for organizations like this one.
"I can't believe that all those fires are happening. I don't know how or why," said Cub Scout Malachi Dixon.
At least 25 people have been killed, thousands of homes destroyed and more than half a billion animals wiped out by bushfires in Australia.
"Pretty sad that all those animals are losing all their mothers and fathers," Dixon said.
Which is why all the way in Kingston, Oklahoma, 8-year-old Dixon and Cub Scout Pack 126 want to help.
That's where their service project comes in.
"So we are making pouches," said Cub Scout Kayden Payne.
Last week, the pack made cotton pouches out of cut up blankets and parents helped with sewing.
Australia is home to many marsupial species like kangaroos and wallabies. Since many animals are losing their parents, they need pouches to fully develop.
"Now here all the way here in Oklahoma get to help them. So I thought that was really cool," said 9-year-old Kathryn Andrews.
So far, they've made 37 pouches, but plan on sending around 50.
They're also writing letters to the animals and caretakers.
"I wrote I hope all the animals are healing well and safe. God bless you, from Kate," Andrews said.
Den leader BJ Pitre said when she pitched the idea, the group sprang into action.
"They were all for it because they said this way, they can give hugs to all the animals when they're not there," Pitre said.
"We have to make enough for all the animals that are hurt and injured from the fires," Payne said.
So Pack 126 is sticking to the scout oath, "to help other people at all times."
Thousands of miles away, this group is showing they care even with something as simple as a pouch.
"God bless all those animals in Australia," Dixon said.
For anyone wanting to help, here's the postal address to send pouches:
PO Box 253
Burleigh Heads 4220