VFW makes care packages for the homeless

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - This holiday season those who have protected this country, are now wanting to give hope to those in need. And the Jonesboro Post of Veterans of Foreign Wars had a special delivery Wednesday afternoon.

With Christmas just days away, representatives with the VFW made a special trip to the Salvation Army to donate their own interpretation of Santa's Sack. Ladies with the Women's Auxiliary brought care packages to place under the tree to help those who have been staying at the shelter.

Wilma Freeman is the President of the Women's Auxiliary to the VFW. She says this cause holds a special place in her heart.

"At Christmas time, with people who are homeless and don't have a place to go, what we wanted to do is make sure that they had something to let them know that we haven't forgotten about them.," said Freeman.

One-by-one the gift wrapped packages left the tree and were ripped open. "Tooth brush, band-aids. Just the other day I was asking for a pair of socks, and look what I got today. Everything I want," said Warren Keith, who has stayed at the shelter on and off for about a year.

"You know, it's a struggle, but I'm going to keep on pushing forward," said Keith. And this time of year, he says it means a lot to know someone cares through the tough times. "It's something special from someone, who doesn't even know me, to come in and just to offer something to help and lift a person's spirit up during the holiday season."

And Keith wasn't alone. "This will help me out a lot. Save me some money. I think know I can shave my beard off now," said James Moon, who has been living out of his car for the past six month to a year.

For Ronnie Charnock, it's his tenth day at the shelter. He's been job hunting for sometime now and says the care packages will help keep him looking his best. "You know, we're out here and we don't have a pot to use the restroom in or a window to throw it out of, but people like this sticking their neck out there for us, it's always going to mean a lot," said Charnock.

As for Freeman, when she put the packages together, she knew where they were going, but to see and talk to those benefiting from the holiday sentiment, there's nothing like it.

"That's the whole thing right there. What I want them to know is there's always someone who cares something about them and what happens to them. Even if it's not very much, it's the thought that gets through to them. It the thought that keeps you going," said Freeman.

Representatives with the Salvation Army say they are always in need of food and other items. To find out how you can donate or get involved, just go to@http://www.uss.salvationarmy.org/uss/www_uss_jonesboro.nsf

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