Simon Yung of Norwood, 17, a student at Northern Valley Regional High School in Old Tappan, proudly donated 50 handmade tie-blankets to senior clients at Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey. It was part of his Eagle Scout project. His mom taught him how to make the blankets.
Had it not been for covid, this project would have involved his entire troop, Norwood Troop 120. “I knew in completing this project, I was helping a community in need and I chose to make the blankets myself to give others a warm blanket feeling,” Simon said.
There are many steps involved in becoming an Eagle Scout; the candidate must fulfill the requirements demanded by every Boy Scout rank and must earn at least 21 merit badges. The candidate almost must create and complete a community service project and pass a review by the scouting council. Simon, who started scouting as a Tiger Scout in second grade, expects the entire process to be completed sometime this fall.
Along with the blankets, Simon also gave JFCS funds he has raised for the group. According to Michele Wellikoff, JFCSNNJ’s chief officer, who was there to accept the blankets, “JFCS is very appreciative of Simon’s kindness. Thank you, Simon, and congratulations on becoming an Eagle Scout.”