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Veteran's House Needs Firewood

After recent storms, request may not be too big to fill

POLK TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Local veterans, who gave so much for us, are asking for a little help. After the recent storms, their request may not be a big one to fill.

In Monroe County's West End, you'll find a place guiding veterans north.

"They're living in their car, living in the woods, tents are common," says Mark Baylis, founder, Valor Clinic Foundation.

Paul's House, located in a small community called Jonas, is a safe haven where homeless veterans can temporarily stay. They're connected with permanent housing, health care, and other important services.

The house is running low on firewood. Recently, the supply was down to a weeks worth.

Because this is a small non-profit, they rely on community donations.

"It's been a very cold winter. We are going through wood, and we could always use some more," says Michelle Goyette, House Manager.

Paul's House uses firewood year round. It heats the house and supplies hot water. Baylis explains, "one of the things we've done to reduce costs is find ways to use alternative sources."

House leaders started brainstorming after recent storms brought down thousands of trees and limbs across the Poconos.

They're asking you to drop off any extra firewood. It could be hard or soft wood. "We're short on wood and everyone's probably got too much!" Baylis laughs.

Veterans didn't want to talk on camera, but say they appreciate your support.

"They see that people do care and do want to help out where it's needed," Goyette says.

Warming veterans hands and hearts.

You can simply leave firewood in the grassy area next to the outdoor wood burner.

DIRECTIONS TO PAUL'S HOUSE, WHICH IS THE FORMER JONAS HOTEL: 1130 Scenic Drive, 18058, Kunkletown, PA 18058

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