Fundraiser To Help Veterans Nonprofit Hit By Thieves

Metro area residents will have the opportunity to help some homeless veterans during a fundraiser on Saturday.

Someone stole a trailer full of household items on Christmas Day from Millard American Legion that were to be given to homeless veterans who are moving off the streets and into a home. 

A non-profit called Moving Veterans Forward is hoping to replace some of the items that were stolen during a fundraiser. 

"It set us back quite a bit. We were looking forward to having those right after Christmas, because we have a big rush of veterans to move into their new homes right after Christmas and we were relying on those items," Ron Hernandez tells 6 News.  

He says the community has already reached out to help.   "I thought maybe I could help just a little bit. I'm on a fixed income, but hey, I can help a little bit," John Copeland told 6 News as he made a donation. 

The non-profit is also receiving help from a local company.  Werner Trucking drove a big truck to the parking lot of the Millard American Legion on Friday.   The plan is to fill the truck with household items so Hernandez and his organization can give it all away to veterans. 

"We're getting close, and right now, the biggest hit, we found out the insurance will not replace the cost of the trailer," Hernandez says. "We're trying to raise the money to replace the trailer. We borrowed the trailer and a friend of mine lost his trailer. He opened up his heart and his property to help us out, and he's out a brand new trailer."

The furniture drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday near Millard Ave. and S Street. 


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