Sunday, January 28, 2007

When "junk" ain't junk!

YONKERS - A collector's passion for Roman Catholic books and devotional objects became a surprise blessing for a church when a junk-removal company came calling.

David Soto, 32, an employee with 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, contacted St. Peter's Church at 91 Ludlow St. this month after the company was hired to clear out an elderly man's two-bedroom apartment on Sunnyside Drive. The residence was packed floor-to-ceiling with goods in bags and boxes.

"It was as if we were taking from a religious store," Soto said.

The man, whom the church and company declined to identify, was moving into a nursing home, and his family hired the company to throw out his possessions.

"My background is Catholic, and I couldn't throw this out," said Soto, a Yonkers resident who served as an altar boy at St. Peter's and grew up in the parish.

Read the whole thing. Great story! And the "Got Junk" Yonkers franchise seems like a great company, too.