Grandfather, granddaughters share volunteer experience

Hundreds of families experiencing food insecurity received a box of provisions valued at nearly $60 Tuesday that included a holiday ham, distributed by Lutheran Community Services.


Earl Headings, far left, and his granddaughters Corie Topp, middle, and Emily Pattison prepare food boxes for distribution Tuesday during the annual food distribution organized by Lutheran Community Services. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)

The local food pantry, however, would not have been able to serve the close to 600 families that came through Tuesday without the help of its volunteers, who donate their time to ensure fewer local families go without this time of year.

Among those helping to carry groceries for folks passing through the food pantry Tuesday was a grandfather spending the day with his granddaughters.

Earl Headings, of Indian Lake, frequently volunteers at area food pantries and shelters since his retirement from Conrail Railroad.

“It keeps me busy,” he said Tuesday, placing a carton of eggs into a box that also included canned vegetables and cereal.

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