Johnstown has its own St. Nicholas of sorts, with the help of a local Boy Scout who's working for kids as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Johnstown has its own St. Nicholas of sorts, with the help of a local Boy Scout who's working for kids as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Nick Hubbell, 16, has been assisting the American Legion Post 254 with its Gifts for Kids campaign.

After discussing different community projects with members of the post in September, Hubbell said, he knew what he wanted to do for his Eagle Scout project.

"Every kid should receive a gift during this holiday season," Hubbell said. "To collect and give gifts to Johnstown/Northridge area youths (from newborns to teenagers) as well as to help families experience a more memorable holiday are some of the important project goals I wish to achieve."

Hubbell belongs to Johnstown's Boy Scout Troop 20, a group that decorated 25 collection boxes for the campaign.

Hubbell and American Legion member Jim Wolfe placed the boxes in community libraries, churches, and businesses in Johnstown, Alexandria, and Croton.

Collection boxes are located at Advanced Auto Parts, the Alexandria Public Library, Church of the Ascension, Coughlin Ford, Creno's Pizza, Digital Impressions, Dollar General, Evolution Ag, Granville Milling, Heartland Banks (Croton, Johnstown), Hot Spot Coffee Shop, Monroe Township Fire Department, Johnstown Village Offices, Kroger, Lash Chevrolet, Mary E. Babcock Library, United Methodist churches (in Appleton, Croton, Johnstown), New Look Hair Designs, Park National Bank, Phoenix Wellness Center, Shull's Hardware, and Tech Rubber International.

Gifts can be donated at any of these locations through Monday, Dec. 14.

Gift distribution will be held Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the American Legion Hall, 180 W. Maple St. in Johnstown. Registration begins at 6 p.m. with a limit one family member. Gift distribution begins at 6:30 pm.

Hubbell said he has spent about 70 hours working on the Gifts for Kids campaign so far.

"As a result of this project I have learned important life and career skills: leadership, problem solving, time management, planning, communication, and teamwork," he said.

Assistant Scoutmaster Doug Wilson said Hubbell's project truly reinforces the spirit of Scouting through his service works within the community.

"Gifts for Kids is all about giving and making a difference for those in our community," said Rick Petersen, American Legion Post 254 Commander.

Monroe Township Firefighter Brad Pothorski agrees.

"This is a great project for our community, and we are glad to support it," Pothorski said.

Johnstown Village Manager/ Planner Jim Lenner said community members believe in helping each other throughout the year and especially during the holiday season.

"Giving to this program will help bring a smile to a child's face Christmas morning," Lenner said.

Hubbell said he appreciates the help of the Post members and all the community organizations for their overwhelming support for this project.

"This community's support and efforts will insure that our area youths and their families experience a more memorable holiday season," he added.

To register for the event, contact Petersen at 740-901-1245.