WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY(WBRE/WYOU-TV) – Winter is not over yet, which is why one organization in Lycoming County is distributing warm clothing to those in need.
The new “Veterans Warm Up Shop” is open for business in the Executive Plaza in downtown Williamsport.
“There’s nothing better than helping a veteran out,” said Director of the Lycoming County Veterans Affairs Office, George Heiges.
For these veterans, a small gesture like this makes all the difference.
“It makes veterans feel like they’re appreciated also,” said U.S Marine Corp Veteran, Joseph Evans.
“Very thankful. Very thankful,” said U.S Army Veteran, Al Ginoble.
At first, these clothes were about to be thrown out at a local sportswear company, which is going out of busines…
But .. as the saying goes..one mans trash, is another mans treasure.
“I went down and looked at it and it was just piles and piles of clothing and I thought wow, what a great idea,” said Heiges.
“I got insulated pants and a top,” said Evans.
“I got some shirts some long johns and stuff so it’ll come in handy,” said U.S Army Veteran, John Agnoni.
Veterans are already offering up suggestions for more inventory.
“I think this is really great but you got to start getting clothes for fat people,” said Ginoble.
The shop started out with 700 sets of clothing.
Half of it is still at the cleaners.
“Because the veterans did a lot for us for our freedom..we need to give back,” said Volunteer, Sue Lowe.
Sue Lowe is a volunteer at the warm up shop, as well as a U.S Navy Veteran.
She tells Eyewitness News she knows the importance of helping a veteran out.
“It’s huge, huge..because so many of the veterans, some give it all and some come back very damaged and they need help so we’re here to help them and do whatever we can for them,” said Lowe.
It’s a way to give the warmest thankyou.
The warm up shop is open from 9-11am on Tueadays and 3-5pm on Thursdays.
It will remain open until everything is gone.