Pay It Forward
Mr. Walter Bruce - A Customer and Friend for Life
To meet Mr. Walter Bruce of Greenville, SC, to spend just a few precious moments in his company, far exceeds anything this world can offer to brighten the darkest of days, the gloomiest of moods, lifting spirits soaring. Such is the nature, the person of Mr. Bruce, who for many years until his retirement had been a faithful Customer of Eastern - and a Friend for Life.
For those at Eastern who have come to know Mr. Bruce over the years, either through delivering material to various job sites or having the good fortune to enjoy his company during the many visits he made to the Greenville Branch counter/distribution center-all will tell you that this is a man for whom they have great admiration, respect and hold in the highest esteem - and for good reason.
It’s no surprise then, when one of our Associates, Mr. Tony Hampton, learned of an extraordinary need on the part of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce that he immediately set out to see what Eastern Cares could do to assist the couple in some special way.
Tony had learned through a local television “Pay It Forward” news feature that Mr. Bruce - a World War II veteran - was still seeking opportunities to supplement his meager social security, which had become necessary after losing his retirement when the company he worked for failed. While caring for his ailing wife, Mr. Bruce regularly calls upon local establishments looking to pick up odd jobs, including welding, for which he is known to be an “expert.”