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The first-aid kit project grew out of a desire by one young Scout to make a difference for the injured.

COURTESY PHOTO: KAREN WALKER - Scouts from Canby Troop 258, along with parents, start the assembly line process of making first-aid kids for the injured in Ukraine.

A member of a Canby Boy Scout troop is trying to help the people of Ukraine through Scouts in that country.

Twelve-year-old Thomas Trevillian, a Woodburn resident who belongs to Canby Boy Scout Troop 258, wanted to create pocket first-aid kits (PFAK) in support of the Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization.

The PFAKs will be sent to Scouts in Ukraine and distributed to people to administer emergency care to individuals who are wounded in the fighting.

To that end, Trevillion and Troop 258 gathered at the A-frame building in Canby Community Park on Monday, Aug. 29, to assemble the first-aid packs.

COURTESY PHOTO: KAREN WALKER - Canby Boy Scout Troop 258 members decorate content lists that will be part of the first-aid packages sent to Ukraine.

In all, 25 Scouts and 13 parents from Troop 258 lended a hand to the project, eventually turning out 200 first-aid kits in just under an hour. Each kit contained assorted bandages, gauze rolls, alcohol wipes, antibiotic ointment, acetaminophen and gloves.

The PFAK project was planned in collaboration with Olya Buriy, a Scout in the Plast USA, the U.S. branch of the Plast Ukrainian Scouts Organization. Buriy and fellow Plast Scout Anastasia Rzhiskiy were on hand Aug. 29 to help with the project.

COURTESY PHOTO: KAREN WALKER - Troop 258 and parents gather after a job well done creating first-aid kits for the injured in Ukraine.

They played Ukrainian folk songs over speakers as they worked alongside Troop 258 Scouts and shared their Scouting experiences in Plast. Rzhiskiy's mother, Oresta, also helped assemble the kits while visiting with other parents.

Trevillian, who had hoped to make 100 kits, said he was thrilled by the success of his project. He and Buriy are hoping to collaborate on another project to support Ukraine in the future.


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