EASTON — Shalonda Batson lost her father — Lord Sheldon “Scotty” Scott — in January.
Easton and the Talbot County community also lost one of its uplifting community heroes with Scott’s passing.
Scott had long led Christmas holiday efforts to help neighbors in need in Easton with meals and gifts to kids through his Operation Christmas Spirit program at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department.
“He didn’t want to see anyone going hungry,” Batson said.
Community leaders — led by the Rotary Club of Easton and the YMCA of the Chesapeake — want to keep Scott’s charitable efforts going.
And, so does Batson.
“I really want to keep his legacy going. He did a lot for the community,” Batson told The Star Democrat.
The Rotary Club of Easton has launched A Drop for Scotty Food Drive throughout Easton and Talbot County to honor Scott’s legacy and keep his Christmas and holiday spirit enduring.
The program runs through December with drop-off locations for food donations. Supporters can also give financial contributions through the Rotary Club of Easton.
Lonnie Green, the owner of Fade 2 Black Barbershop in Easton and a Rotarian, said Scott was a role model to him and others in the local community for years.
“He was a fixture. He served Talbot County for as long as I have been alive,” Green said.
Green said Scott exemplified the spirit of Christmas and helping neighbors and was a a true-to-life Santa Claus to him. “He got along with everybody,” he said.
Green said he was looking at how to help Easton residents in need this year, with all its stresses, and to also honor Scott.
That sparked a conversation with Easton Rotary President John Flohr and A Drop For Scotty community food drive was born.
Other community groups including the YMCA of the Chesapeake are also supporting the new effort which launched earlier this month.
“The Drop for Scotty is an event to honor his memory,” said Derek White, group executive with the YMCA of the Chesapeake. White is also a member of the Easton Rotary.
The YMCA is one of the drop-off locations for food donations for the new effort along with six other locations. Other locations for donations include the Talbot County Free Library, Mid-Atlantic Tire, Shore United Bank, Provident Bank, Fit4 Live and The Star Democrat.
White said the Y has seen food insecurity and other economic challenges for families grow during the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting closures and government orders. Many families in Easton and other parts of the Mid-Shore have been challenged by lost jobs and pay cuts.
White is hopeful this year’s Drop For Scotty program which runs through December becomes an annual effort. “It just made sense when we were kicking around ideas of honoring Scotty,” White said.