Rockford Boy Scout donates to veterans for Eagle Scout project

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A local Boy Scout is helping veterans as part of becoming an Eagle Scout.

One of the requirements of the project is that it has to be something that will sustain itself after the project is finished; Michael Wilburn decided to use his project to help veterans. He and about 75 volunteers made 150 blankets that Heartland Hospice will give to veterans through their We Honor Veterans program. Heartland thanked Michael by giving him a pin and a certificate.

"So, it will be cool to see, see them used and see them talked about and see them like whenever. If someone I know is in here and gets one of them, I'll know that I was the one who did that. And it's just nice to know that I'm helping people in the community that helped me," said Wilburn.

Only about four percent of Boy Scouts earn the rank of Eagle Scout.