Jonathan Stull, Jr., 18, has his sights on a career in the special forces of the military after he graduates from Armbrust Wesleyan Christian Academy in Armbrust, Pa. this summer.
However, being part the academy’s senior class of only five students, Jonathan was tasked with a senior class project before graduating.
Through the help of his aunt, Master Sgt. Terri Honeycutt, NCO in charge, Warfighter Eye Center, Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center on Joint Base Andrews, Stull chose the Wounded Warriors at Andrews to be his graduating project.
He was able to receive a tour of the Wounded Warrior wing at Malcolm Grow and the Fisher House on Andrews during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season of 2013.
The tours served as a catalyst for Stull’s creative fund raisers in his hometown to later donate to the Fisher House on Joint Base Andrews.
“I basically launched my project during school hours, setting out can goods and accepting donations from students.
Afterwards, Stull set up youth events which included basketball, arts and crafts and more. Later that evening Stull set up food concession stands to raise money from local residents. He also provided free refreshments for veterans from local VFWs and Legions in Armbrust and Mt. Pleasant.
“It started out as a Good Samaritan thing with putting out canned goods at school and in our church. But when I talked with my Aunt Terri about the Fisher House accepting donations for the residents and the Wounded Warriors at the hospital that’s when my project just took off,” said Stull.
“When my family and I took the tour at the Fisher House it really struck me as being really a serious thing and it would mean a lot to those of families staying at the facility. But I felt it more on a personal level when we visited the Maryland Room at the hospital and got to see were some of the donated items would also be sent. It was pretty cool.”
“I am so proud of what my nephew was able to accomplish,” said Master Sgt. Honeycutt. “He started this project in November of 2013 and was so full of passion for the Wounded Warriors. His efforts were so contagious in his community and even neighboring communities that the project really took off. He was able to accomplish his goal and then some,” Honeycutt said. “During his endeavors, I watched him grow even more compassionate to the whole Wounded Warrior Movement and his patriotism for his country in general.”
On March 10, Stull was excited as he and his family traveled for five hours from his hometown with a donation totaling $1,695.50 along with several other needed items for the Fisher House families and Wounded Warriors at Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center.
Stull and his family unloaded their mini-van full of donated items which included cookware, writing supplies, paper goods, food snacks, school supplies for the kids of visiting families, sweat shirts and pants, tooth brushes, hand sanitizers, and many more items donated from by the academy teachers and students, 4-H Club and local businesses.
At the conclusion of the donation ceremony Janet Grammp, Fisher House director, thanked Stull with the Air Force time-honored tradition of presenting him with a coin.
“It not much in comparison to the time you’ve given, it’s just a little something to say thank you from the Fisher House for taking the time out of you busy life and we appreciate it,” Grammp said.
During her acceptance Grammp noted like Stull, she was very shy when she accepted her current job as director more than 20 years ago. “But much like Stull being passionate about doing something for military members she was able to overcome that shyness with speaking in front of large groups.
Stull noted throughout the process, going through up until now, it really became more personable when he could actually see where the money and supplies were going. “I feel really good about it. After coming here I realize first hand who these donations will benefit.”
“Our son is a very modest and shy person,” said mother, Brenda Stull. “So this whole experience really benefitted him as well. He started out with jars in classrooms and church. But through it all he had many opportunities to speak in front of many people at the fund raisers and it has really helped him to grow,” said his mother proudly.
“This experience definitely put him out of his comfort zone, but it’s given him some leadership skills that’ll he’ll need in the military future that’s ahead of him.” His father Jonathan Sr. added. “We are all very proud of him.”