My name is Tim Mertes and I am the Scout Master for Troop 673 in Warrensburg MO. One of our leaders, Matt Skelton is going through a rough time in his life right now. He came home from work one day and his wife had moved out. Took his 4 children, their belongings and removed the 3 oldest from the only school they knew and enrolled them in a school in another town. All without his knowledge. Since that time, Matt has been sent a very clear message that she will not be civil towards him. He has seen his children very sporadically and sometimes not for weeks. He was the sole provider for his family and is a hard working man. On the morning of December 2nd, 2017 as he was loading up his 2 boys for a Boy Scout fundraiser with Troop 673, his low tire light came on. Then it showed 2 low tires, then all the tires were registering low pressure. As it happens, all 4 tires were slashed. A week later, his house had a molotov cocktail thrown through a window. Luckily, no one was home at the time but Matt did pull up to his house as it was burning. It is a total loss. He has salvaged a few items but for the most part, he is starting over. Did I mention that his rental insurance was canceled, not by him.
So, what do we need for Matt. We are looking to raise at least $10,000 so he can purchase items that he will need for his new house. This amount will not cover it all but it will help. He will need new clothes, beds for him and his children, living room, kitchen items, household items like towels, chairs, medical supplies for a house. Like I said, he is starting over.
If you can't donate at this time, we would love for you to share this with your friends. If you have gently used furniture, our Boy Scout Troop would be willing to set up a pick up time, as long as it isn't too far out. The Kansas City area would be okay. You can call me at [phone redacted].
What is Matt like. Well, he is the type of guy who has always helped out others when they need it. He has volunteered with Boy Scouts for several years, is a very active leader and is excellent with all the kids. He is usually the calm leader when things go crazy, which happens often when you have 20 scouts together at an outdoor campout. In September, he completed the Woodbadge scout leader training course, C5-307-17-2 and is now working his ticket. The hardest thing for Matt to do is ask for help. But with some reluctance, he has agreed to this call out.
What say you, scout leaders, parents, Christians? Can you find it in your hearts to help this man and his family out? He would never of let me do this unless he really needs the help. Time to lift him up in his time of need.
God Bless you all and Merry Christmas.
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