There’s a certain type of person that just never stops. When most of us dream of retirement, we imagine sitting on the beach somewhere or on the porch of a small cottage in the middle of a picturesque field, basically anywhere pretty where we can do as little as possible to make up for decades of work. For some, however, retirement is a time to dedicate yourself to the important things in life. Family, friends, or in 93-year-old John Hobson’s case, helping others.
The retired Air Force colonel has never had an appetite for sitting still, so even in retirement, his days are filled to the brim. One activity that Hobson thoroughly enjoys is whittling walking sticks, a hobby that allowed him to custom-make gifts for several family members last Christmas.
The work is intricate and time-consuming, each beautiful walking stick taking up to a day to perfect. Rather than giving away the 100 walking sticks, he’s whittled this year, Hobson decided to whittle for a cause. Specifically, the Xenia Area Fish Food Pantry.
For a modest $3 each, Hobson quickly sold out of his walking sticks. He raised over $600 from the sales, all of which went to the local food pantry – but Hobson was far from done. He continues to whittle his walking sticks and started a GoFundMe to raise even more money for those who need it. There’s nothing we love more than seeing a worthy GoFundMe blow its initial goal out of the water. Hobson listed his goal as $500, and incredibly, has raised nearly $9,000 so far.
“He’s just a sweet man that gives a darn about other folks who don’t have nothing,” Hobson’s son Mark told WKEF-TV.