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Veteran Collects Food For The Less Fortunate

Last year during the a veteran in Nanticoke spent the holidays freezing and starving. He's now doing his best to make sure no one has to suffer like he did.
Nanticoke, Luzerne County - It's safe to say that the holiday season last year was one to forget for Richard Wojick.

"I was struggling," the former marine told Eyewitness News. "Last winter I had no heat in my house. I was basically living out of my bedroom with curtains up, with a little portable heater."

It's that reason he loaded a box truck filled with canned goods on Monday night.

For the last month Wojick, and his new group of comrades, have been collecting food to make sure no one in their community goes hungry this holiday season.

"There's a lot of homeless veterans around," he said. "There's also a lot of homeless people and times are really, really rough so we decided to help out."

His team had collection bins at set up at more than two dozen businesses in Nanticoke.

One of the places that got the most donations was R Bar on West Union Street.

"I came out one day when we were just about to open (and) there were just boxes of food and it said for food drive," Lindsey Temarant, the co-owner of R Bar said. "There was no name, or anything, just an anonymous donation."

Wojick, and his team, collected enough to fill two box trucks in their first year of asking for donations. He said he hopes to expand the collection next year.

"We're going to keep on doing this and helping the community the best we can," Wojick said.

Wojick told Eyewitness he planned to drop off the donations at the food bank in Nanticoke on Tuesday. He also said he planned on dropping some of them off with the Wounded Warrior Project.

If you would like to help you can call (570) 417-5004 for more information.


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