North Hills man discovers new purpose, makes us Proud to be From Pittsburgh

North Hills man discovers new purpose, makes us Proud to be From Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — A North Hills man says he discovered a new sense of purpose during his retirement and is making us Proud to be from Pittsburgh.

"I get more from this than I give," said Guy Rocco.

80-year old Guy Rocco does it all at the Little Free Store in Braddock, from carrying donations to hanging clothes and breaking down boxes.

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“Come back anytime, my friend,” said Rocco.

For two years, Rocco has spent countless hours volunteering his time. In his days following retirement, he didn’t want to sit around and so he looked for a purpose.

"This was the answer," said Rocco. "You have something to do, it's meaningful, it's productive, and it helps those that really need."

Family members and fellow volunteers say Rocco rarely misses a day volunteering and his passion for helping inspires others.

“The one thing I found out about Guy, what he does, he does from his heart,” said Little Free Store volunteer, Phyllis Brown.

Rocco’s daughter, Danette Rocco, said, “The commitment he has to this place - rain, shine, snow, 90-degree weather, you know, 10-degree weather - is just amazing.”

Little Free Store Founder, Gisele Fetterman said she admires Guy’s attitude, “When I grow up I want to be Guy. You know Guy is in his 80s. When you see him, you don’t think so because he is so vibrant. We are just so lucky to have him, and Pittsburgh is lucky to have him.”

Rocco's one regret is that he didn't start volunteering sooner.

"I never looked back, and I'll do it to the day that I won't be here to do anymore," said Rocco.

Guy Rocco is making us Proud to be from Pittsburgh.

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