Stull helps elderly, veterans and disabled clear snow

| February 6, 2015
Gift: James Stull has been helping the elderly, veterans and disabled clear their sidewalks and driveways of snow. He originally started his work with just a shovel, but community members pitched in and bought him a new snow blower and bags of Ice Melt. Photo contributed to The Beacon

Gift: James Stull has been helping the elderly, veterans and disabled clear their sidewalks and driveways of snow. He originally started his work with just a shovel, but community members pitched in and bought him a new snow blower and bags of Ice Melt. Photo contributed to The Beacon

COSHOCTON – When the snow started falling this year, James Stull picked up his shovel and began helping others.

“I did it when I was younger and lived in Newcomerstown and right now since I’m unemployed and don’t have anything to do I thought I would help out the elderly,” he said.

Stull posted his desire to help the elderly, disabled and veterans of any age keep their driveways and sidewalks clear of snow on a Facebook page called Coshocton Talk the Talk.

“I shoveled for three or four people and then word spread around quickly,” he said.

People were impressed with his good deeds and before Stull knew it a collection was gathered up and he was presented with a brand new snow blower and two bags of Ice Melt.

“Larry Mounts started the fundraiser and when I got presented with the brand new snow blower and salt, there were tears,” he said. “To know the community got together and did this really touched my heart.”

Mounts wanted to help Stull because he was impressed with what he was doing.

“I saw his post on Facebook that if you were a vet, disabled or 60 or over he would shovel your walk for free, but said after several walks his back would start to hurt,” Mounts said. “I made a post in Facebook myself asking people for help and within 12 hours I had $650 bucks.”

The money went toward a snow blower from Ace Hardware, bags of Ice Melt and several gas cards.

“I just wanted people to see that there are still good people in Coshocton who care about our community,” Mounts said. “It felt really good that I and so many others cared. You just always hear about the bad stuff anymore. I wanted to spread some good.”

Stull also has received $300 in donations for gas, gloves or anything else he might need.

“I wasn’t asking for anything and didn’t expect anything at all,” he said. “As long as there is snow, I will be around. I’ve even been contacted by people’s family members outside of Coshocton. One lady from somewhere in Florida messaged me and wanted me to help her grandmother who lives here.”

Stull would love to see more people join his cause, whether it’s picking up a shovel and helping people on their own or joining forces with him.

Anyone interested in helping him or who needs help clearing snow, can contact him through Facebook or call him at 291-7008.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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