Last month McNelis was watching coverage of the destruction being caused by Superstorm Sandy. It didn't take him long to come up with an idea.
McNelis said, "We should do something, just fill up a truck and send it down, and she held me to it. She was like "we should!"
With the help of his wife, Connie, McNelis enlisted the help of Red Lobster General Manager Tom O'Brien, and on Firday the pair parked a Fed Ex truck in the Red Lobster parking lot to be filled with donations for Sandy Relief.
"About a couple weeks of planning and we told some friends about it and it's amazing the results we had," McNelis said.
The work isn't over yet. McNelis and O'Brien plan to hop in the truck Saturday morning and hit the road. Personally delivering a wealth of water, paper towels and cleaning supplies to those in need in Toms River, New Jersey.
"It's going to be an eye opener. You see it on tv but to really go down and see it and you can really appreciate how good we have it here," McNelis said.
"From Central PA, which is such a small community, reaching out to new jersey, which is a larger community, it just says something about our community. How giving everyone is here," Tom O'Brien said.
And McNelis also appreciates the support he's received throughout the process.
"It's good to see that people still care about other people. This time of year too, there's a lot of people that are really down and out and we're out shopping for black friday or whatever. There's people that still don't have power or a place to live so it's good to give back," McNelis says.