JONAS, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Today in the Poconos we found people busy driving from one location to the next, but they weren’t shopping for Christmas gifts. Instead, they were giving back to veterans.
140 holiday meal boxes are packed and ready to go, thanks to Valor Clinic Foundation in Jonas.
“It fills the heart with joy. That’s what we’re meant to do, give back,” says Sandy Spotts, holiday meal coordinator.
The boxes contain Christmas meals, including turkeys, plus homemade greeting cards, Dunkin’ products, and stockings filled with goodies. “If they have children under 18, they also get a gift,” Spotts adds.
Volunteers are now hand-delivering the boxes to veterans’ doors throughout Eastern Pennsylvania.
This morning, Bill Parkin delivered a meal to a wheelchair-bound veteran. He says, “he starts crying, and the wife sees the food then she starts crying. It makes everything worthwhile, all the time and effort involved.”
They typically use a ‘ding dong dash’ approach, where they knock on the door then leave, because sometimes veterans refuse assistance.
Spotts explains, “they always think there’s someone worse off then them, but they need the help.”
Army veteran Fred Welsh helped pack the boxes. He says, “there’s a lot of veterans out there that do need the help, they need the meals, they need just emotional support.”
He’s temporarily staying at Paul’s House in Jonas, which helps homeless veterans get back on their feet. He explains, “it’s great to know I have some place to be and not be out on the streets.”
Valor Clinic also provides holiday meals for Easter and Thanksgiving.