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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Boy Scout delivers 800 toys to young tornado victims

  • There will be plenty of toys for tornado victims this Christmas thanks to the efforts of Boy Scout Joshua Henderson, 14, of Lincoln.
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  • There will be plenty of toys for tornado victims this Christmas thanks to the efforts of Boy Scout Joshua Henderson, 14, of Lincoln.
    Henderson decided to help the child victims of the tornado by gathering 800 toys and transporting them 274 miles south to Harrisburg. The project will help him earn the rank of Eagle Scout, a goal he set for himself long ago.
    "He is pretty driven," said his father, Robert Henderson, assistant scoutmaster for Troop 1102 at Lincoln’s First United Methodist Church.
    Henderson asked four different churches and three different schools to contribute to his toy drive. All the donated toys are brand new.
    There are books, games, dolls, toy cars, some radio controlled cars, yo-yos, a Mr. Potato Head, sports equipment and toiletries.
    Joshua needs to meet only a few more requirements before he can attain the rank of Eagle Scout. He plans to be either a doctor or a lawyer when he grows up.
    Sharon Behnke-Fleege, case manager coordinator for Harrisburg's project STORM will see that the toys are distributed fairly among the over 500 storm victims in the community.
    "I would like to deliver the toys during the week before Christmas," she said.
    She said Joshua first contacted her about the project in late spring.

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