At the corner of Harrison and Gary avenues, Fred Stroner and his son, Brian, stood in the middle of the road wearing orange vests with a milk jug of money and a cardboard box. Drivers who knew the drill would stop, roll down their window, make a donation to the Wheaton Kiwanis Club, and take a bag of peanuts for the road.
"We represent Boy Scout Troop 374 and help out the Kiwanis Club with their charitable donations," Fred Stroner said. The Kiwanis Club charters Troop 374, he added, "so in return we try to help them out by helping them sell peanuts."
Brian Stroner is a Wheaton North High School student and said he is working toward earning his rank as Eagle Scout. He said today, passersby have been "pretty nice" throughout his two-hour shift selling peanuts. His father said the same. "The people of Wheaton and DuPage County are pretty generous," he said.
Other locations where Troop 374 set up camp today included the intersection of Wesley and West streets in downtown Wheaton, Harrison avenue and President street, Ultra Foods and Jewell.