While Christmas is a joyful time for many, it is a difficult time for many others – especially those who have experienced the loss of a family member.
The Hercules family is one such family, having just experienced the loss of Orrin Hercules. Mr. Hercules passed away in October. He was a hard-working, generous man with a great sense of humor.
“He also struggled with alcohol addiction which led him to homelessness especially during the holidays,” his niece Natasha Pearce said.
The Salvation Army became an important part of his life, helping him get his life back on track. For that reason, the Hercules family chose to volunteer this Christmas at The Salvation Army Center of Hope.
“Our family appreciates the support that he received from the Salvation Army,” Pearce said. “It felt fitting to share our love and be of service to others.”
Mr. Hercules was able to form a brotherhood through the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. During his funeral service, several men from The Salvation Army in Brooklyn came out to share their fond memories of him.
Volunteering with The Salvation Army provided the family a way to honor Mr. Hercules’s life. And, they are already looking forward to making it a tradition.