ORANGE COUNTY, CA. — Recycling, preventing suicide, and community involvement: while seemingly diverse and distinct from each other, Madison Shuford addresses each of these in his upcoming Eagle Scout project. He created the endeavor to bring awareness to My Broken Palace, a Rancho Santa Margarita based non-profit that works to prevent teen suicide. Madison hails from Boy Scout Troop 700 in Aliso Viejo.&nbsp

Madison is leading a team of volunteers who will reach out to 500 local families in the areas surrounding his school, Trabuco Hills High School.&nbsp Through a can and bottle recycling drive, the team will raise awareness and provide information about My Broken Palace.&nbsp The first two collection dates will be August 17 and September 14 from 8am to 10am at Solana Park in Rancho Santa Margarita.&nbsp

&ldquoMost Boy Scouts do some kind of construction project, but I wanted my Eagle Scout project to be about helping people in a personal way,&rdquo said Madison. Madison chose to support My Broken Palace in his early teens by frequently volunteering and attending events. This passion was fueled by the uniqueness of My Broken Palace&rsquos mission: to bring hope and healing to struggling teens.

&ldquoMost suicide prevention is done by hotlines. My Broken Palace is different because they interact with people both before and during a crisis. It is like a mini-Facebook where everyone shares the same problems and has the chance to talk to one another and not feel alone,&rdquo Madison said. &ldquoThey are a community instead of an informational website or one time conversation at an event.&rdquo

&quotIt’s exciting to see when others find new and creative ways to help raise awareness for such a big need. Madison will hopefully inspire others nationwide to think outside the box and get involved with My Broken Palace.&rdquo shares Scott Brinson, Executive Director for My Broken Palace.

To take part in the Recycling Drive, please bring your aluminum cans and plastic or glass bottles to Solana Park on August 17 and September 14 from 8am to 10am.&nbsp&nbsp Google map link: &nbsp

About My Broken Palace
My Broken Palace is a non-profit organization of passionate people who want to help others in their time of brokenness. Our shared desire is that no one should ever have to deal with the crushing weight of loneliness, depression, anxiety, stress, abuse, addictions, or thoughts of suicide alone.&nbsp Become part of the movement.&nbsp Whether you are the one in need or someone who desires to encourage others in theirs, My Broken Palace embraces your participation. &nbsp

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To interview Madison Shuford (Eagle Scout Candidate) or Scott Brinson (Executive Director of My Broken Palace) please contact:

Cassidy Perry