More than 300 children had Easter baskets Sunday thanks to a local Boy Scout.
Daniel Ourso, a junior at Catholic High School and member of Troop 888, organized an Easter basket collection as part of his Eagle Scout project.
He organized a collection and assembly of 333 Easter baskets for distribution at the St. Vincent de Paul’s main campus to area children. The baskets were distributed on Easter Sunday and to the Sweet Dreams shelter.
Daniel organized a group of Scouts to help distribute neighborhood fliers and collected candy, coloring books, small toys, stuffed animals and other items for the baskets. He also set up an assembly day with a group of Scouts from his troop to help put the baskets together.
After meeting with St. Vincent de Paul’s Chief Executive Officer Michael Acaldo in mid-February, he set his initial goal of 100 baskets. But after all of the collections were done, he had enough donations to assemble 333 and extra large stuffed animals to donate, too.
There will be no physical evidence of his project in the weeks and years to come, Ourso said, like a structure or garden, but he hopes his project will be remembered for making a difference in the lives of some of the children in Baton Rouge. Each basket contained a bookmark that told the Easter story and why we celebrate Easter.
He is the son of Darrell and Angele Ourso.