Saturday fundraiser to help veterans nonprofit hit by thieves

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

On Christmas Day, someone stole a trailer full of household items that are given to homeless veterans who are moving off the streets and into a home.

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

The trailer was parked at the Millard American Legion when thieves struck.

"It set us back quite a bit. We were looking forward to having those right after Christmas, 'cause we have a big rush of veterans to move into their new homes right after Christmas and w were relying on those items," Ron Hernandez with Moving Veterans Forward said.

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 said while making 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.

"Well, Warner is big about vets. Werner has been supplying vets with jobs for a lot time. It's very good for us, our morale," Princess Castillo with the trucking company said.

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 said. "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 St. Look for the semi trailer.