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An inspired local boy scout troop is looking to help victims of Nepal

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Harrison Gibson is an Eagle Scout from Troop 34 in Wichita Falls.
In 2015, he picked everything up to go backpacking in Nepal for three weeks.
A couple of days in, a devastating earthquake hit, leading Gibson to aid in the country for several weeks.
    "Harrison suddenly found himself thrust from the role of a tourist into someone who's there to provide relief," Matt Simmons, Assistant Scout Master, said. "And he really took advantage of the situation."
Gibson came back to the states and told his story to his former troop.
Simmons said it moved the boys to help.
    "What struck them about the needs of the country was the fact that all these children, people like themselves, are now found not only homeless and without facilities in their neighborhood's and villages, but they have no place to go to school," Simmons said.
The Boy Scouts said they are doing it because it is the right thing to do.
     "I feel that as more fortunate people, it's an obligation to help somebody who is less fortunate than us," Nathaniel Simmons, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, said.
    "You're doing a good turn daily," Colby Porter, Patrol Leader, said. "And it's not just one day your helping. You're helping over many days, years and multiple generations of the people in Nepal."
Charlie Gibson, the father of Harrison Gibson, is impressed with the boys efforts.
    "To be honest, I didn't think that it would happen," Charlie Gibson said. "And as an alumni of Troop 34, I couldn't be more proud."
The troop is asking for the community's help.
     "We've been very successful in our fund raising campaign so far," Matt Simmons said. "We need $25,000 to build this school, and we've got almost $10,000 of it raised so far. The overwhelming majority of that is from friends and family. So we're reaching out to the community and asking everyone to pitch in where they can."
In the meantime, Harrison Gibson will continue touching the lives of those in need.
    "The church and scouts teach us to help people," Charlie Gibson said. "He's a living example."
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