Struggling WWII vet gets Christmas gifts, donations

A struggling World War II veteran from Orange County who is selling Christmas trees to makes ends meet is getting some surprise help.

A struggling World War II veteran from Orange County who is selling Christmas trees to makes ends meet is getting some surprise help. (12/13/16)

NEW WINDSOR - A struggling World War II veteran from Orange County who is selling Christmas trees to makes ends meet is getting some surprise help thanks to hundreds of people touched by his story.

Ellsworth "Sparky" Wayman, 91, is used to spending his winter days alone, making wreaths in his cold New Windsor garage and waiting for customers to buy Christmas trees.

That was until News 12 last week aired a story about Sparky's financial troubles. Since then, he's received gifts, much-needed company and donations from around the country, including Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Florida.

Sparky also didn't expect to sell out of trees last week. He's getting more on Thursday, even though he's already made enough to cover what he wanted to and pay his taxes in full.

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