A Good Scout, indeed [Editorial]

thendricks@theaegis.com

Andy Klein, of the Klein’s ShopRite family, is this year’s Good Scout in Harford County.

That should surprise no one. He raised more than $80,000 for the scout program, falling short of his goal of $100,000. But his total is close to the top of the most that has been raised in Harford County for area Boy Scouts. Typically, Good Scout Award winners raise between $40,000 and $60,000 in donations.

In typical Klein family fashion, he deflected praise.

“It’s not about me, it’s about the Scouting program,” Klein said at the banquet honoring him as the Good Scout. “I firmly believe in what Scouting does for young men, and soon to be young women.”

Klein, whose family owns nine Klein’s ShopRite stores — six in Harford, two in Baltimore County and one in Baltimore City — is a former Boy Scout with Troop 999 at Forest Hill Christ Episcopal Church.

Philanthropy has long been one of the hallmarks of the Klein family, first Andy Klein’s grandparents and then his parents, the late Ralph and Shirley Klein, led the way with their generosity in Harford County. The Kleins have always given back – in deeds and in money – to those in need in Harford County.

The Kleins are probably hit up for donations as much as any business and more than most and they’ve done more than their fair share. Without Shirley Klein, Harford County probably wouldn’t have the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. Her tireless efforts, and her overwhelming generosity, made it possible.

Her children, in this instance, Andy Klein, are keeping their family’s generosity going.

Andy Klein is way more than worthy of being chosen for the Good Scout Award. Congratulations, Andy!

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