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Power of Our People

Beatons Bag Attention of Co-ops Nationwide

Eagle Scout and his mom make life better for foster children

Courtesy Paula Beaton

Hunter Beaton has won two national awards from the Boy Scouts and one from the Daughters of the American Revolution on top of the support that comes with a Texas Senate proclamation. It’s all for his Day 1 Bags initiative, which started as an Eagle Scout project but has grown to provide thousands of foster children with duffel bags brimming with clothes, toothbrushes and other supplies during what can be a tough transition.

Now Beaton and his mom, Paula, have the attention of electric co-ops across the U.S. after they won second place in the nationwide #WhoPowersYou contest, established by Touchstone Energy “to honor inspirational people in co-op communities—the people who power our lives.” The honor includes a $2,000 prize.

Day 1 Bags and the Beatons, who live in Boerne and are members of Bandera Electric Cooperative, first appeared here in July 2018. They’re back as we debut Power of Our People, Texas Co-op Power’s campaign that recognizes co-op members who improve their community’s quality of life.

Watch this space as we showcase more examples of the Power of Our People in coming months.