HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - After retiring in West Virginia five years ago, Nestor Antonio DelRosario, 64, has kept himself busy, volunteering to give back to those who remind him of himself.
"A penny, a dime, a quarter, I don't care," DelRosario said, pointing to the donation box below the Salvation Army sign outside the Walmart in Clarksburg. "Just give."
DelRosario volunteers as a bell ringer six days a week during the holiday season, sometimes ten hours a day.
Despite back pain from surgery several years ago, he says he'd rather be outside ringing that bell, giving back to others.
"I give it everything I have," DelRosario explained. "I lost my voice a couple days ago."
Born in the Dominican Republic, DelRosario grew up in Puerto Rico before moving to New Jersey. It was there, many years back, when he lost his job and fell on hard times.
"[We were] looking for pennies to see if we had enough to buy a loaf of bread," DelRosario recalled.
Two years out of work and struggling to get by, DelRosario turned to the Salvation Army for help. He bounced back, started his own business, and has now made it his mission to help others.
"I don't know what it is, but I feel much better when I help somebody," he said.
You can see more of 5 News' Mike Valente's conversation with DelRosario, as he recalled some of the darker moments of living in poverty, above this article.