HONESDALE—In the wake of the recent washouts in Texas, The Alpine Wurst & Meat House owners Gretchen and Mark Eifert decided to lend a hand to those in need.
On Tuesday, August 29, the Eiferts and employees at The Alpine collected 150 pounds of wurst and sausage – what equates to a $700-800 expense – to send along to a food bank in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Word of The Alpine's humanitarian service quickly spread, said Gretchen. Soon numerous local residents and business were asking to send along their own relief supplies as well, prompting a second round of packaging and delivery on Wednesday afternoon.
In addition to the sausages sent by her delicatessen, Gretchen said resident Barb Reed and her two children donated a box of toiletries, as did a separate anonymous individual.
Residents Angela Castellano and Diane Hennessy separately donated assortments of pet food, as did Pet Central on Erie Street.
Gretchen also mentioned food donations from retired New Jersey police officer “Ray,” local resident Eric Baudendistel, Dave's Foodtown employees and customers, four bags of bagels donated by Camp Umpy's, and $1,400 in foodstuffs donated by Lake Wallenpaupack Estates.
An anonymous coach bus driver donated $100 to relief efforts.
Finally, Gretchen said two residents named Barbara and Peggy who donated blankets for relief aid.
The goods were all compiled and boxed at The Alpine. From there, they were shipped through UPS to Rockfort, Texas via the food bank in Corpus Christi.
Gretchen said she was astonished at the overwhelming community support for the drive.
“I can't believe the outpouring of every one who jumped in to help.”
She explained that she felt compelled to send aid after witnessing Hurricane Harvey's devastation each morning on the news.
“I just feel like we should help our fellow Americans,” she said.
Packaging and shipping is an easy enough task, she explained, stating that she and her business were in a good enough position to be able to help out.
“It's something I wanted to do.”
Helping Gretchen pack on Wednesday were employees Jennafer Engelbert and Alyson Hilland.
“This is awesome,” said Engelbert, “It's wonderful to help people.”
Hilland said the the feeling of helping out was “indescribable.” She said she was happy to do what she could to lend a hand when Gretchen first told her the plan.