BBQ for charity

Published 8:03 pm Saturday, January 19, 2013

Dinner for some of the city’s less fortunate will include barbecue this Friday, thanks to Boy Scout Troop 1 and the generosity of a local Ruritan Club and funeral home.

Troop 1 will hold its annual barbecue sale this Friday, where they sell meals to hundreds of local patrons and use the proceeds for Boy Scout projects and trips.

But even people in need will benefit from this particular sale. John Jones, the parent of a Troop 1 Scout, had a lot of tickets he needed to sell. So he approached the Suffolk Ruritan Club, where is a member, and sold 50.

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The club donated the tickets to the Salvation Army, which will disburse them to people in need, Jones said.

“I thought, ‘How can I get rid of these tickets?’” Jones said. Then he remembered the Ruritans keep a fund of emergency money.

He tried the same approach at Parr Funeral Home, which also purchased and donated 20 tickets.

“There’s always people in need in Suffolk,” he said. “Anytime I see an opportunity, I try to seize it to try to help people. I always want to return back to people that don’t have the opportunities that I’ve had in life.”

Other businesses that would like to buy tickets to be donated can call Jones at 284-4019. That’s also the number to call if you’d like some barbecue for yourself on Friday.

Tickets are $8 each and must be ordered by Tuesday.