Blind man runs food pantries in Carbon County


LEHIGHTON, CARBON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A local man can’t see how much food is on the shelves, but he doesn’t let that stop him from making sure it’s there…

Although Stanley Haupt  only sees darkness, his true light shines through his work. The 65-year-old manages the food pantries in Carbon County. He’s able to do most of the work from his home in Lehighton. Technology allows him to use voice commands nat pop and prints documents in braille.

Stanley tells me he wasn’t born blind, but because he was two months premature, high oxygen levels in his incubator damaged his optic nerves and retinas; leaving him blind as a baby.

“My parents never let me use my blindness as an excuse to get away with anything,” said Haupt, executive director of Shepherd House Inc.

His parents had the same expectations of him as his siblings; which motivated him to do well in grade school and succeed in college.

“Accomplishing things in life and having a good attitude to make things happen was really important,” said Haupt.

He says, a lot of prayer went into getting this job with Shepherd’s House. That was 34 years ago.

“There’s a lot of work behind the scenes which Stanley does very well,” said a pantry volunteer. “He keeps the program running.”

One of Stanley’s main jobs is applying for grants to buy supplies for the pantries.

“I’m going to continue to do it as long as the lord gives me the strength to keep doing it,” said Haupt.

Shepherd House employees are gearing up for their monthly meeting on Monday. In addition to the Lehighton pantry, it allows provides food for pantries in Beaver Meadows, Tresckow, Weatherly, Nesquehoning, Lansford, Summit Hill,  Palmerton and Jim Thorpe. For more information call  (610) 377-6048

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