BEAUMONT, Texas — Staff at several Southeast Texas hospitals and medical facilities received a special treat from area Boy Scouts. 

More than $14,000 in popcorn was given to workers at facilities in Port Arthur, Beaumont, Lumberton and Liberty to show appreciation for the hard work they're putting in during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The popcorn is typically sold to raise money, but Boy Scout of America Three Rivers Council decided to to donate it instead. 

“These are soldiers on the front lines, working every day, during this unprecedented crisis,” said Leslie Bentley, Executive Director of Three Rivers Council. “This is a small sign of our overwhelming gratitude – what we as Scouts call a ‘Good Turn’ to show our heartfelt thanks to let these healthcare heroes know how much we appreciate them.”

From a Boy Scouts of America news release: 

To show its appreciation for the healthcare workers keeping our community safe during the COVID-19 crisis, Boy Scouts of America Three Rivers Council is donating more than $14,000 worth of popcorn to Southeast Texas hospitals. The non-profit, which serves 10 counties in Southeast Texas and is based in Beaumont, usually sells the popcorn to raise money for Scouting, but has decided to donate this substantial amount to the men and women who are battling the pandemic firsthand.

“These are soldiers on the front lines, working every day, during this unprecedented crisis,” said Leslie Bentley, Executive Director of Three Rivers Council. “This is a small sign of our overwhelming gratitude – what we as Scouts call a ‘Good Turn’ to show our heartfelt thanks to let these healthcare heroes know how much we appreciate them.”

The Council made donations of more than $14,000 worth of popcorn. Donations were made to Baptist Hospital in Beaumont, The Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur, and Altus Hospital in Lumberton on Tuesday, April 7, and to Liberty Dayton Regional Medical Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont on Thursday, April 9.

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