Bill Martin’s Hometown Hero

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Helping those less fortunate while passing on the gift of giving to a new generation. That's why Fox 8 News anchor Bill Martin says John Kapelka is his Hometown Hero.

At just about 74 years of age, most people are in retirement or at least relaxing. Not John Kapelka, of North Ridgeville.

John has more energy than most. He's up with the sun collecting day-old pastries and breads, but then spends the day at his business performance clinic, servicing and repairing cars.

What drives John is his faith and his desire to help. He says, "Because when the Lord's blessed you, you want to reach out and touch someone else."

John knows he can't help everyone, but the need is there to help someone.

"When you see a person in need, the Bible says you don't slap them on the back and say, 'Have a wonderful day.' You feed 'em first, and then you share with them," John said.

John collects donations for children and adults. The love of helping is a family affair, and John has a family of helpers: A wife of 53 years and four daughters.

"When you raise your children, you don't know what they're going to do when they get older," John said.

His oldest daughter is 52; the "baby" is 44.

"You have no control over their lives when they get older, but when you see them wanting to help and do things to help people, then you know how they were raised is making an influence in their lives," John said.

John says as a father, what more do you want?

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