PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Some volunteers, armed with snow shovels and road salt, are headed to Boston to help senior citizens dig out from what have been historic amounts of snow.
Jackie Wleh, with ABC Men, says they’re picking up another volunteer in New York as they drive 314 miles to fulfill a request for help.
“We received a request from a senior from (the Boston neighborhood of) Dorchester, and we decided not only to help that particular senior but to also help the rest of the citizens of Boston,” Wleh (second from right in photo) tells KYW Newsradio.
They’re making the five-to-six hour trek with ABC Men — the A-B-C stands for Able Bodied Christians. Also making the trip was Kenneth Walker Jr. (second from left), who says they have no idea what to expect.
“Really don’t know, because we haven’t been out there, but we’ve been hearing a lot of stories of them diving in snow and things like that,” Walker says with a nervous laugh.
The group says this is just part of ABC Men’s efforts to create a culture of service — not only here in Philadelphia but around the country. The group will shovel out cars or sidewalks for no charge. And Jackie says don’t worry: there are plenty of volunteers still in Philadelphia to help others dig out from our latest snowfall.
Meanwhile, ABC Men is trying to raise money on gofundme.com so they can buy a 15-passenger van. For today’s trip, they had to rent a minivan.
Philadelphia, PA- Nearly 30 volunteers will convene at 6848 Elmwood Ave(Agape International Baptist Church) at 6am on Friday, March 6thto applaud and support ABC Men Inc. before our six-hour, 314-mile road trip help the Northeastern city of Boston with snow removal, free of charge to seniors and the disabled. ABC Men Inc. received a request from a senior in Dorchester, MA, in light of recent heavy snowfall the area has experienced and the expected continuation of severe weather. This effort is sponsored by ABC Men Inc., to uphold our purpose: To create and encourage a culture of service here in Philadelphia and around the country, by showing our “brotherly love and sisterly affection,” and raising funds to expand our efforts.
ABC Men Inc.’s Youth and Volunteers will Honor Dr. Martin Luther King
during the month of January, by serving people in need via our community
Food Pantry and Free Snow Removal for seniors and the disabled….. Click Here to sign up.
ABC Men Inc. came to the aid of two seniors and disabled and removed snow
from sidewalks and stairs through its Free Snow Removal Services. Request
from one of the senior.
“Hello, we already registered for the snow removal last year being over
65 and disabled, and wanted to refresh as told by Jackie when I
called. …… is in the hospital with prostate cancer (incurable) for
2 weeks now and has kidney damage. Hopefully will be home to rest
soon. It is very difficult for me also, as I have lymphoma(Non-Hodgkins &
Leukemia). I strain just to visit him at the hospital but manage.
Thank you so much for your services and God Bless You.”
Through its Adopt-a-family program, ABC Men Inc. adopted 9 families
totaling 36 Individuals. ABC conducted two gift-aways (Dec 23rd and 24th).
Families came, received and wrapped gifts. Much appreciation was
expressed. Special thanks to ABC Men Inc.’s staff, volunteers and everyone
that donated to our Adopt-a-Family program.
Special thanks to ABC Men Inc.’s 2014 Adopt-a-Family Donors:
Judge Carolyn Nichols,
Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood
Miss Philadelphia 2014 Diamond Edmonds
Mr. & Mrs. Tamara Crumb
Due to the increase this year in requests: ABC Men Inc.’s volunteers and
parents stood in the cold to help bring awareness to families in needs.
Thanks to Stanley Williams, Kenneth Walker Jr., Tina Harris, and Bonnie
Moran for joining us.
Special Thanks to KYW 1060 and Cherri Gregg, Metro Newspaper with Sam
Newshouse, NBC 10 News, ACTION 6 NEWS, Erin Edinger-Turoff(Social Media
Manager), Kevan McDaniel(Web Designer) for helping to bring awareness to
ABC Men Inc. served Thanksgiving Dinner at Bright Hope Baptist Church for the 4th year in a roll. Look at the two youngest volunteers this year (4 & 11 yrs old). Thanks to Alvin, Roger, Ciania, Amaree, Lazar, Jae’Madison. Special Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gregory and the entire Bright Hope Family for the opportunity to serve.