DUNMORE — Some of the Lackawanna College football team put aside their helmets and pads for a little action off the field today to help a woman in need.
Instead of carrying footballs and picking up first downs, they were picking up furniture and carrying boxes.
The players became movers, getting the wheelchair bound woman into her new home in Dunmore.
What would take most people hours, took the Lackawanna College football players only about 20 minutes. Unloading a pods storage container jammed full of belongings and loading it all into a trailer for delivery to Dunmore.
All this stuff belongs to Jessamyn Reinhard.
“The last two years have been rough. I lost my leg, now I’m having problems with my other leg and I just got diagnosed with diabetes,” said Reinhard.
Now, Reinhard finds herself confined to a wheelchair surrounded by activity, watching the football players haul in all she owns. They got word she was struggling finding a way to move in and the players pitched in to help.
“She’s the sweetest lady ever. It’s a tough situation if you see her it breaks your heart at the same time helping her out it just shows her there are people that care,” said sophomore Marcus Snipes.
“With 18 guys who can all bench press over 300 pounds, it’s really easy to move stuff and help people out. It’s a good thing,” said sophomore Brendan Linder.
“They’re all mostly offensive and defensive lineman. A 100 or 200 pound couch doesn’t mean much to them. They can do it really easily. You could tell they enjoyed it. When we were coming from the place with the pod they were asking what’s she like, what happened to her?” said head coach Mark Duda.
For the coach, this is a good lesson for his players. It took very little of their time to brighten the day, and likely the year of a woman in need.
“Just as a team and an organization it’s good for us to get out and see how easy we really have it and see how people really live in the real world,” said Linder.
“I think it’s wonderful and I think they’re doing me a great service and I can’t thank them enough,” said Reinhard.