HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) — In a time when so many are struggling, one Huntington man took it upon himself to pass along an incredible act of charity.
“I’ve been blessed in my life….and it’s just a way to give back to the community,” Shannon Harshbarger said.
When Harshbarger, post commander of American Legion Post 16, got his stimulus check in the mail, he wasn’t quite sure what to do with it.
“Have you ever tried to send a check back to the federal government? Don’t. Keep it? I don’t need it. I don’t want the money,” he said.
So, he decided to take the money and do some good with it, by giving it to a place he knew would put it to good use — the Facing Hunger Foodbank in Huntington.
“I volunteer at my church food pantry, Helping Hands Trinity Church of God, we give back to the community. The folks here [at Facing Hunger Foodbank] provide us government commodities and food, and it’s just the right thing to do,” Harshbarger said.
Every cent of Harshbarger’s donation at the food bank will go toward helping those in need.
“With his donations that he has been making to the food bank, he has created 25,700 meals for our hungry neighbors,” said Belinda Chapman, director of development and communications.
Harshbarger already donated his second stimulus check as well.
“His desire and compassion to help others is unlike any other thing I’ve seen from a human being—not to do it once, but to do it twice,” Chapman said.
Harshbarger had a message to share about the good deeds: “I know not everyone can do what I’ve done, but everyone can do something…The need is great, and the time is now.”
For more information about how to donate or get involved with the Facing Hunger Foodbank, visit their website here.