STROUD TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – There were many confused drivers in Monroe County on Tuesday morning, but it wasn’t weather conditions or construction that caused the stir.
Soldiers marched four miles down busy roads, including Route 611 and Main Street. They dodged construction zones and snowbanks with one mission in mind.
Finally they reached their destination, the East Stroudsburg Salvation Army, to unload their backpacks filled with food.
“A lot of people think we’re just soldiers in the woods with camouflage on and guns, but we’re much more than that,” explains Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Ezman, U.S. Army Recruiting Office.
Members of the U.S. Army Recruiting Office in Stroud Township purchased the food, which will be distributed to struggling families for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
“Because of what they’ve done for us today, it’s going to help make the holidays brighter for some individuals in this community,” says Major Gilbert Parkhurst, East Stroudsburg Salvation Army.
Each soldier’s backpack weighed about thirty pounds, but they say that’s nothing compared to the weight they’re used to carrying.
This very public march was designed to not only draw attention to the Army and its need for recruits, but also to raise awareness.
“There are a lot of homeless people everywhere, so hopefully this does bring attention to it,” says Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Fukushima, U.S. Army Recruiting Office.
There were safety precautions in place, including a special trail vehicle that followed closely behind.
The soldiers plan to do this again around Christmas-time.