Recovering addict gives back in Delaware

    One local man spends the holidays giving back to a group that gave him a second chance at life.

    ‘Tis the season when the spirit of giving comes alive. One Delaware man spends the holidays giving back to a group that gave him a second chance at life.

    For Brent Wilson – every Monday starts off at 7am picking up food donations for the Sunday Breakfast Mission’s holiday food drive.

    Wilson: I want to give back to the mission, for what they’ve done for me.

    Wilson is a recovering addict who enrolled in the mission’s recovery program in 2007.

    Wilson: My choice of addiction was crack cocaine and I started in 97, I ended up losing my home, my wife and my kids.

    Brent has been clean for 2 years and now holds a steady job – achievements he credits the mission for.

    Wilson: The mission woke me up, they showed me there’s another way of living again.

    Giving back to the mission – is what Brent says will be the key to lifelong recovery.

    Wilson: Well that’s my high, I have a new high, and that’s by giving back and putting smiles on other people’s faces.

    You can watch the complete story as seen on WHYY’s “First” here, (when video starts select chapter “6”).

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