Charity Soldiers' Unyielding Commitment
The Charity Soldiers in Norwalk have helped raise more than $10,000 for the Miriam House through their program, Metal for Moms, in which they go around picking up old appliances, selling them for scrap and donating the proceeds.
In 2012, the soldiers expanded their workforce and their website. They’ve brought onboard a new, eager young worker, J.T. Smith.J.T. said he joined the squad because he was drawn to the generosity of Josh and Kevin. “These are good guys.I’m just happy to be able to work with them.
Recently, the Charity Soldiers began putting used items up for sale on their website, charitysoldier.com. Delivery is free, and, as the website states, proceeds go to “small charities that make a big impact on their communities.”
In fact, the bulk of their giving has been to Catholic Charities’ Miriam House in Norwalk. They have funded – among other things – children’s play equipment with the Metals For Moms donations.
The charity is the brainchild of Josh Roeder, who wanted to give something back after God had seen him through a difficult time.
“It’s funny how God works,” Josh said. “All this has just kind of fallen into place.”
The hand of God
Josh started hauling for Metals For Moms with a borrowed pickup truck, and after the truck broke down, he had no way to transport the scrap.“I told God I had no truck – in fact, no plans at all. Just a strong back and a pair of willing hands. I told Him He was going to have to help me find a way.
“Then Kevin, a friend of mine, saw an article about Metals For Moms in the paper, and decided he wanted to help.”
Kevin, who happened to have a truck, was recuperating from a near-fatal motorcycle crash, and he had also decided to try to give back.
“I was just about given up for dead,” Kevin said. “They’d taken a part of my skull out to relieve pressure on my brain, and they’d told my Mom I might not live through the night.
“When I did finally start to get better, I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t talk. I had to learn all that again.
“I know I wouldn’t be here if not for the hand of God, and I’ll always be grateful,” Kevin said. He holds out his arm to show the large cross tattooed there.
“I’m your guy”
Kevin decided to call Josh when he saw the first article about Metals For Moms. “When Josh said he needed a truck, I told him, ‘I’m your guy.’”
Josh asked that any families in the Norwalk area who have old appliances or used goods to donate, call 419-577-4943.
The Charity Soldiers t-shirt pretty much sums up their 18 months of dedicated service:
God’s Foot Soldiers: Faith. Heart. Guts.