When he heard the news about refugees from Afghanistan coming to South Carolina, Eric Chirolla wanted to do something to help.
The Riverside Middle School student was inspired by the compassion that his mother, Amberly Chirolla, had for the cause as well. Amberly is the area manager of the Lutheran Services Carolinas (LSC) New Americans Program in Greenville, South Carolina.
“I saw it on the news, and I just wanted a more meaningful Eagle Scout project,” the 8th-grader said. “It just seemed like a great thing to do.”
With the help of his troop, Chirolla collected furniture, clothes, kitchen gadgets, toiletries, and other items they would need as they settled into their new homes.
The troop organized the donations, and helped one of the newly arrived refugees move in.
“I could tell he was really grateful,” Chirolla said. “It just makes me feel good about myself. I’m impacting a life in some way.”
Completing the project also gave Chirolla a chance to build his organization and communication skills.
He hopes to find more ways to help those in need in the future.
“I would love to keep spreading awareness about this,” Chirolla said. “I’m just grateful for the opportunity.”