Michael Lipperini and Ed Sullivan
Michael Lipperini, left and Ed Sullivan, right, of the Calvert County Office on Aging. For his Eagle Scout project, Michael has placed drop boxes at several locations–including all three of Calvert’s senior centers–for local residents to donate items to be sent to deployed members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Prince Frederick, MD – The effort to attain Eagle Scout status involves completion of a significant service project. The project must benefit an organization other than the Boy Scouts of America. Calvert County resident and Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy student Michael Lipperini is the oldest son of military veterans—his father, Michael, served in the Air Force and his mother, Keri, is a Navy veteran. When deciding on a project, Michael told TheBayNet.com, “it just seemed logical to help deployed men and women.”

Thus, the entity that will benefit from Michael’s project is For the Love of a Veteran, a 501(c) (3) charitable organization based in Hanover, PA. Christine Waltz, the founder of For the Love of a Veteran, said the organization’s aim is to “help support homeless veterans, deployed troops, military families in need and to raise awareness about PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). We supply and fill backpacks for the homeless veterans and send care packages to deployed troops.”

In an effort to help members of the Armed Forces currently deployed, Michael has placed 10 drop boxes in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties. Since part of the service project involves taking on a supervisory role in that project, Michael will oversee volunteers who will be in charge of the drop boxes. The drop box locations are: Prince Frederick Kennels, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, St. John Vianney Church in Prince Frederick, Recruiting Sub Station, Black Belt Academy in Prince Frederick, Calvert Library Prince Frederick Branch, the three Calvert County Senior centers (Prince Frederick, North Beach and Lusby) and Leonard Hall in Leonardtown.

Items that can be donated are T-shirts, socks, long johns, hats, gloves, scarves, blankets, wash cloths, towels, deodorant, body wash, shampoo/conditioner, Q-Tips, razors, shaving cream, feminine hygiene items, female body spray, nail clippers, hair brushes/combs, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, jerky, cookies, crackers, candy, gum, trail mix, nuts, microwave cups, oatmeal cups, fruit, pudding cups, tuna/chicken pouches, Cup O Noodles, coffee, tea, sugar, creamer, flavor packets for water, single serve peanut butter/Nutella, microwave popcorn, playing cars, Word Find/crossword books, black greeting cards, note pads and Ziploc bags (all sizes).

Anyone with questions regarded Michael’s Eagle Scout project may email him at mlipperini@aol.com

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com