Washington man doing his part to help those in need for holidays

Joseph Savage has his own little game show set up in front of the Washington Piggly Wiggly as he works to raise money to buy turkeys and hams for the Zion Shelter and Kitchen. (Morgan Newell, NewsChannel 12 photo)

For many who see the Piggly Wiggly in Washington, it's just a grocery store. For one man, it's an opportunity to raise money for those who need it most.

A homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Washington was hit hard during Hurricane Florence. Assistant Executive Director Keith Harris said they got four feet of water. To get back open, Executive Director Robert Harris said they rely on the community.

"We're going through a rebuilding process as you see," Harris said. "We've replaced all the walls and the shelter itself we're rebuilding it. We've replaced the beds the mattresses they got messed up in the flood.

"We're very much appreciative. The only way we can exist is by people giving to us because we serve quite a few people in quite a few ways."

Joseph Savage is doing his part to help. The Piggly Wiggly has gone from a grocery store to the stage for a game show. He is raising money for the homeless shelter every night.

There's a story behind his giving.

"My son was in an accident when he was 16 years old," Savage said. "He's 35 now but I made a vow, to God when the doctor came in and told my wife and my in-laws that he wasn't going to make it."

Savage's son pulled through, so he kept his vow to God and raises the money to buy turkeys and hams for the shelter during the holidays. Savage will be at the Piggly Wiggly until Dec. 19. He's hoping to raise enough money to buy 20 turkeys and 15 hams.

"Some people are one check away from being homeless," Savage said. "When you're homeless anybody that helps you out that's really great."

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