'The Breadman' brings loaves to those in need

November 25, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

Charles McCloud understands that, for some people, "our daily bread" doesn't always come easily.

So the U.S. military veteran in his 70s has dedicated himself to helping others and is glad that his health is good enough so he can make a difference to people in his adopted home of Hagerstown.

Every weekday for the past seven years or so, McCloud has been gathering the leftover bread and other baked goods from the lunch program at the Salvation Army on West Franklin Street.

"I take it to seniors at Potomac and Walnut Towers, Alexander House, Elizabeth Court, Stonecroft and to the food bank at St. Mark's and the Hagerstown Union Rescue Mission," McCloud said.


On Thursday, McCloud dropped off several trays of muffins and four bags of bagels to the food bank. They will be fresh for those people who stop by for other non-perishable items.

"It's nothing special that I do," McCloud said. "But I so enjoy it."

McCloud said he leaves items on some people's doorsteps so they will be pleasantly surprised when they arrive home.

When he retired from Campbell's Soup Company in Camden, N.J., McCloud said he worked his way down to the VA Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., where he was employed briefly. Then he moved to Hagerstown and often dropped by the Salvation Army for lunch to stretch his retirement income.

"I'm just not the kind of person who sits around and twiddles his thumbs," McCloud said.

A typical day often includes "sitting in" on some trials in Washington County District Court before heading up to the Salvation Army for lunch. Then, he begins his rounds, which have earned him the nickname "The Breadman".

McCloud said he has lived at the Alexander House since 1992.

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