Local scout raises funds for Grace Foundation
Kaythan Somavarapu an Eagle Scout from local Boy Scout Troop 454 has raised $1,300 to support Grace Foundation.
Kaythan, an animal lover wanted to help the Grace Foundation and all the animals that call it a home. He request for donations to Grace Foundation instead of any personal gifts to him at his recent Eagle Court of Honor attended by more than 150 people.
“The Grace Foundation is an animal welfare organization, taking abused and neglected animals — horses, livestock, dogs and cats- rehabilitating and hopefully re-homing them,” said Julie McBride of Grace Foundation. “We currently have 137 horses and about 50 other animals residing at the ranch. The other very important mission we have is providing programs for the members of our community, especially our special needs population.
Money has always been tight, but it has been devastatingly so the past two years due to a case that has depleted the ranch’s resources, according to McBride. The Grace Foundation briefly closed its programs last October to save money on staffing and insurance, she continued.
“Many people say to just close down the ranch, but that is impossible with over 200 mouths to feed with nowhere else to go, so pursuing payment is of utmost importance and we continue to do so in court,” McBride added.
“We have survived because of our volunteers and supporter, like Kaythan,” she said. “Donations like Kaythan’s allow us to continue to feed our animals. Instead of accepting monetary gifts from family and friends honoring him for the incredible work he has done in earning his Eagle Scout status, he is donating them to us. What needs to be recognized is the choice of a young man to step outside himself and help another in need. By choosing to donate his well-deserved gifts to our organization, Kaythan has exhibited this process of behaving with moral strength.”
Kaythan is a junior at Oak Ridge High school and is an active participant in FTC competitive robotics and competing at the FIRST world robotics championship in St. Louis with his team Robo Chicken GatorFlys of Papayaland from El Dorado Hills in 2012. Kaythan is also a member of the Oak Ridge debate team and competed at the state debate competition as a sophomore. He also was HOBY Ambassador from ORHS and recipient of community leadership award from EDH vision coalition.
Kaythan was happy to see the money he has raised is going for a cause that can save animals in need in the community. As an animal lover that owns a rescued dog Poppy, he couldn’t be happier.