Veterans Initiative 2019: Rummage Sale for Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans

The Fountains’ Veterans are supporting a new local organization, Celebrate Outreach’s Tiny Homes Project for homeless Veterans. We called upon our community to come together to declutter to help others, and the response was tremendous! In the three days of collection during Random Acts of Kindness Week, we collected more than we could dream of! Our resident volunteers and veterans spent the days working alongside Community Life to sort, organize, fold all the clothes, furniture, kitchen appliances, dishes, the list goes on! Their help didn’t stop there – our volunteers, both Veteran & Civilian, managed the tables, collected funds and then stayed to help us clean it all at the end! It was an amazing display of the kind and dedicated hearts our residents have. One of our amazing residents, Ms. Betty Lewis, donated a 50th Anniversary Edition for a raffle and one of our own Vets, Leo Perry, won the raffle and the book! In a previous Veterans Get Together meeting, she had brought her own copy for the WWII Veterans to sign and it was such a hit, she found another copy just for this event.

Residents, associates and visitors couldn’t wait to start shopping and were showing up when set up was still occurring! The sale was three hours long, and in that short period our residents raised a record setting $535! All proceeds collected will be given to the project tiny HOMES for HOMELESS VETERANS through the organization, Celebrate Outreach based out of St. Pete, a local organization to help our fellow local vets right here in our city.

Celebrate Outreach came on Veteran’s Day 2018 to speak about the program, and we were hooked! We hope to continue our support over this next year and plan to be there to welcome the first veteran home to his/her new tiny home this fall!

Thank you to all our veterans, residents, families, associates and this organization for your support in making this initiative a successful one.

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