To recognize his volunteer efforts, Lane Bonney's Eagle Scout project is being highlighted in GBTV Plus' online coverage of Glenn Beck's "The Road to Restoring Love" program. The offerings -- tonight at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. -- are leading up to the main event titled "Restoring Love" on Saturday at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.
After learning that some foster children used trash bags to transport their possessions to various temporary stays, Bonney spearheaded a drive that collected more than 600 new or gently used duffel bags for Bartow County Department of Family and Children Services. A rising Cartersville High School sophomore, Bonney is a Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 15 at Trinity United Methodist Church.
"I was quite pleased and I was happy with how this was going to be on a [program with] nationally, really worldwide coverage," Bonney said. "It just really caught me by surprise and I was really excited for it.
"My Eagle Scout project was a communitywide collection that ran from May 1 to May 31. I had 12 different collection sites around the area. My goal originally was 200 bags and over the month of May with the generosity of the community I ended up collecting 680 -- [more than] tripling my goal. I was very pleased with how generous the community was. ... I hope it [inspires people] to help others ... [especially] kids helping kids. That's what this project was basically all about. [It] was kids giving to unfortunate kids who don't have as much as other kids do."
Airing online on GBTV Plus, which can be accessed at www.gbtv.com, "Restoring Love" will begin Saturday at 9 p.m. The website is offering a 14-day free trial with the HD video network.
"For the past three summers, we have been on a journey to restore the values and principles that made this country great. Honor. Courage. Love," Beck stated on www.glennbeck.com/restoringlove. "It began on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where hundreds of thousands of people came together to show the world that we weren't looking to Washington, [D.C.,] for answers, but to one another and to God. The journey continued last summer in Jerusalem, where we declared that no matter what our leaders may say, 'We the People' will never abandon our allies in a time of crisis.
"On July 28th, the trilogy of events that began with Restoring Honor and continued with Restoring Courage comes to a close with Restoring Love. But this event is only the next step for the movement of peace and freedom that began on 8/28/10. At Restoring Love, you will join individuals from across the country as they come together to serve their fellow man. You will connect with history that has been long forgotten. You will see amazing musical performances from artists that will inject 'goodness' into the mainstream culture. Most importantly, you will find the tools, the strength, and the inspiration to move forward in fixing yourself and this great country."
After his mother, Dana Bonney, emailed a brief description of his project, a GBTV Plus producer asked him to send a video and pictures relating to his volunteer efforts for them to use in their presentation.
"When it was all said and done, he's collected 680 and he delivered those to DFCS in June," Dana Bonney said. "[The case workers] are dispersing them to the foster children and they had enough that they can share with surrounding counties in need as well. So it turned out really well. And he was really pleased and very grateful that the community just stepped up and really supported this project.
"That was a great thing to see. ... He had response from people all over the country. He had people mail in some bags from other parts of the country that he didn't know. They had seen it online and wanted to support it. The 'Restoring Love' event that Glenn Beck is having is about helping each other and community service and serving your brother and Lane's project kind of falls into that. And I think they liked it because [he is] a 15-year-old who went out and made a difference. They want to feature that and encourage people to just get out there and find a need and fill it."
For more information about Bonney's project, visit his Facebook page, Duffel Bags for Foster Kids.