Marine Sells Leave Time To Help Homeless

A North Carolina Marine is offering himself to help charity.

The Star-News of Wilmington reported that Cpl. Matthew Purkey of Camp Lejeune is selling his 96 hours of leave over the Thanksgiving holiday for $25 an hour in hopes of raising $2,400 for the homeless.

The 27-year-old from Dayton, Ohio, plans to spend the hours he sells with homeless people in Wilmington.Purkey's determination to help the homeless began last Christmas, when he joined a group of Marines who served homeless people at the Salvation Army Emergency Shelter in Wilmington.

Purkey lives near Hampstead and commutes to Camp Lejeune, where he works in the disbursing office. In addition to this charity work, he's also preparing for a deployment with the 24Th Marine Expeditionary Unit in January.

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  • by C on Aug 25, 2009 at 06:00 PM
    I'm very much pro-military, and I salute this Marine for his selflessness. I sincerely hope the people he's helping genuinely need that help. BUT, most homeless people are homeless because they choose to be. I've lost count of the times I've seen a "homeless" person healthy enough to stand by a busy road while holding up a sign. The sign usually says something like "Will work for food". Meanwhile, a few hundred yards away there's a fast food joint with a "Now Hiring" sign ! Plus,these same "less fortunate" people always seem to have enough money for beer and cigarettes. I personally refuse to "donate" anything to able-bodied people who'd rather sponge off of others than go get a job.
  • by Carol Location: Winterville on Aug 24, 2009 at 05:53 PM
    What a selfless act! This man is a hero many times over! God bless him, and God bless the USA!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Aug 24, 2009 at 03:44 PM
    Mr. Wonderful, Scrooge would be proud of you. You must have a wonderful life!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2009 at 03:12 PM
    its so nice to see all the sticky sweet comments on this ohhh sooo sweeet story. Giving money to bums enables them to continue to be bums. Stop feeding the animals.
  • by J Location: NC on Aug 24, 2009 at 11:52 AM
    It is so nice to see something like this make the news after reading so much negative. God bless you for doing this. Someone who is truly thinking of others and not themselves. I wish more people were like this.
  • by Mr. Wonderful on Aug 24, 2009 at 10:22 AM
    I believe, as inspiring as this touching story may be, this may be illegal. A member of the armed forces may not sell leave time or publically solicit for monitary gain, if I remember correctly. Even it is to help a group of drug addicts or other derelects of society. Of course if it's painted red, white, and blue and has to do with our "heroes" that we are expected to worship, then it's OK. Sorry. I don't buy it for one minute.
  • by Sandy Location: Greenville on Aug 24, 2009 at 08:51 AM
    Oorah, God Bless the USMC!
  • by Julie Location: Camp Lejeune on Aug 24, 2009 at 08:05 AM
    It is nice to see a GREAT story on the news for once. I love to see the GREAT stories. Keep it up Marine.
  • by enc Location: enc on Aug 24, 2009 at 07:52 AM
    God Bless this soldier. What an AMAZING example!
  • by enough Location: Greenville on Aug 24, 2009 at 06:25 AM
    Thank you WITN for reporting on this inspiring story. In a world so much negativity we could really use some "good news". I assume we can donate to his cause? How?
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