Kentucky Harvest says good-bye to two long-standing volunteers
Two metro Louisville brothers have a made a decision to retire. Actually, it's their second retirement. For the last 20 years, they've been punching the clock and stomping out hunger.
Clyde and Herb Swindler will tell you it's been a good life. Herb retired from the telephone company years ago and Clyde was an electrical contractor. They certainly learned how to communicate and generate a lot of energy over the years. The brother's swindler have been helping to feed people for two decades.
Clyde Swindler, with Kentucky Harvest says, "Well, it's just part of my life, I don't know what would have happened if I hadn't been able to do something like this, I think it kept me alive as long as it has."
After retirement, the Swindler's put in another 20 years, at Kentucky Harvest, helping to feed the hungry in the area. Getting to see people, places and things, a lot of us don't. People, places and things, a lot of us ignore.
Herb Swindler, with Kentucky Harvest says, "When we get into these places, where they stay shelters is the word i'm looking for and when you see whole families in there, people that are street people and people on the street that are not in them you've got to get down and find it, but it's there."
Clyde and Herb not only found the hungry people, over the past 20 years, they've been finding food, tons of it and making deliveries through Kentucky Harvest. Clyde started out with a 16 foot trailer, and would haul 10,000 pounds of food on each trip, and herb would do the same.
They have a lot of fond memories and a sense of accomplishment. Tim Root, Kentucky Harvest Chairman says, "It's tremendous when you get someone to volunteer for an organization, but to get someone to be dedicated and to be there for 20-years is tremendous."
The brother's are saying good-bye to Kentucky Harvest, it's time to spend more time at home and get away from the duties that have helped so many. They'll hop in the pick-up from time to time, but the heavy lifting days are gone. After doing so much over the past 20 years.
Over the past two decades, the brothers have volunteered 21,000 hours, and driven 120,000 miles.