The Sub Zero Mission Stuff the Bus event in Lake County on November 9 should have been called “Stuff the Buses” because the response was so generous that one bus was not enough to hold all o the items donated.
Del Bethel, chairman of the board for Sub Zero, explains how he founded the organization. “Me and Al Raddatz (CEO), we went to high school together; we joined the Marines together,” Bethel said. “We were sitting in our VFW one night and he had heard that one of every five homeless persons is a veteran and it started to make us think, ‘What can we do?’”
They collected sleeping bags and warm coats and passed them out to homeless people they found under a bridge in Painesville.
From there, they began collecting more coats and sleeping bags from friends, then decided to become an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit. They called the group the Sub Zero Mission, which is based on this singular idea: “Our country has so much. Nobody should freeze.”
Perry AMVETS Post #1971 Commander Bob Ribblett brought a $300 donation from the Post. An unknown man brought twenty-five new sleeping bags. The organization received sixty-five new sleeping bags altogether.
People can bring donations of warm clothes, hats, gloves, socks, sleeping bags and blankets all year round to Walker Floors at 3325 North Ridge Rd. (Route 20) in Perry Township.