Councilman, grocery stores brew up coffee care packages for those serving overseas

Mike Dougherty
August 16, 2018 - 3:33 pm
More than 70 pounds of coffee were donated and packed up.

Mike Dougherty | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — When Bernie Strain's son, Brian, who is serving overseas, reached out for some comforts of home, Councilman David Oh and local ShopRite owners stepped in. 

Brian Strain, a master sergeant in the Air Force, mentioned to his father in Roxborough that the coffee they drink every day is subpar. So Bernie Strain went to work — and was quickly thrilled when Oh and the ShopRite in Roxborough said they would pitch in.

"We have to remember that people are still in the Middle East in Enduring Freedom," said Bernie Strain, "and they're just so happy that we haven't forgotten about them."

More than 70 pounds of coffee were donated and packed up. Oh is helping finance the cost of shipping. Sandy Brown of Brown's Super Stores supplied the goods.

"My husband Jeff and I are always thrilled to support his efforts because they're very meaningful to the communities where we do business and where he is," said Brown.

And all were happy to see customers dropping more coffee on the table on their way out of the store.