Fundraising is organized for a non-profit by thieves


OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The community will have the opportunity to help some homeless veterans during a fundraiser this weekend.

On Christmas day, someone stole a trailer filled with household items meant for homeless veterans who leave the street to settle in a house.

Now a non-profit organization called Moving Veterans Forward hopes to replace some of the stolen items.

The caravan was parked at the Millard American Legion when thieves hit.

"It took us a little back and we could not wait to get them right after Christmas, because we are in a hurry for veterans to get into their new homes right after Christmas and we were counting on these articles, "said Ron Hernandez with Advancing Veterans said.

The community has already reached out to help.

"I thought maybe I could help a little bit, I'm on fixed income, but hey, I can help a little bit," said John Copeland by making a donation.

The association also receives help from a local company.

Werner Trucking drove a big truck on the Millard American Legion car park on Friday.

"Well, Warner really loves veterinarians – Werner has been providing veterinarians for a long time – it's very good for us, our morale," Princess Castillo told the trucking company.

The plan is to fill the truck with household items so that Hernandez and his organization can give everything to the veterans.

"We are getting closer and, at the moment, the biggest hit, we have discovered that insurance would not replace the cost of the trailer," Hernandez said. "We are trying to collect money to replace the trailer, we borrowed the trailer and one of my friends lost his trailer, he opened his heart and his property to help us, and he pulled out a brand new trailer."

The collection of furniture will take place from 10:00 to 16:30. on Saturday near Millard Ave. and S St. Look for the semi-trailer.