Okla. Boy Scouts and school teams help fire victims


MUSTANG, Okla. — For the residents who lost their homes in the wildfires this week, the grueling work is underway to try and salvage anything of value.

Several metro Boy Scout troops along with the Mustang Cross Country Team have found a great way to help.

They were busy Wednesday creating wood boxes with screen bottoms.

The boxes are an excellent way to sift through fire ashes to retrieve anything of value such as jewelry, money or other items that didn’t burn. 

Mustang Woodshop Instructor Mike McGarry said, “When you see the victims on the news and see their house completely gone and only some bricks, it’s just sad and you think, ‘What would you do? Where would you even start?’”

The Red Cross put out a request a few months ago to Boy Scout troops about making the boxes for fire victims.

While some troops responded, the need for the “sifting boxes” jumped dramatically with this latest round of fires.