Volunteers converged in the old Ollies parking lot along West Broad Street in Hazleton yesterdat to lend a helping hand to those in need in the Hazleton area.
"We set up out clothing closet, we set up our mess hall, our toiletries, our veteran's trailers, and we're out here helping the community." Jeff Sullivan, Pathfinder and Veteran's Advocate with VALOR said.
Volunteers provided a warm meal and helped the homeless and less fortunate browse through donated items.
"Hazleton does have a homeless problem" Volunteer Judy Yurcho said. "People don't believe it, but they're out there." Yurcho, among others, helped serve meals to those in need during the event. Yurcho says she began helping out because her father was a vet who served in WWII and Korea.
Sarah Derr is the lead volunteer for recon in the Hazleton area. She and a team go into the woods and abandoned buildings to find those in need. "We try to pull them in, get them clothing, get them the help that they need, so that that doesn't happen." Derr said.
"Everybody needs help sometimes. It doesn't matter if it's a lot" Captain Anthony McFadden with L&L Fire said about the event. L&L Fire has been bringing their Rehab Unit to provide a warm area for people to sit inside of and eat a warm meal.
A total of 89 people were assisted through the four hour event. Of those, 9 were veterans and one was a homeless veteran. Over 1,400 articles of clothing and toiletries were given out and 42 bags containing 9 meals each were dispersed.
The next event is scheduled for the first Sunday in April, April 7th. For information on donating or becoming a volunteer, visit VALOR Clinic Foundation.