OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Ron Hernandez, founder of "Moving Veterans Forward,” was left hopeless after a trailer full of donations for veterans he serves was stolen.
"It's like getting kicked in the shins when somebody takes something from you,” Millard American Legion member Nathan White said.
On Christmas Day, two individuals stole White’s trailer filled with donated items to help give our freedom fighters a way to improve their lives.
They robbed once-homeless veterans of the chance to move into a fully-furnished home.
"None of them got any beds,” White said. "Somewhere to lay their heads, other than on the floor."
But Saturday, holiday spirit rewarded area veterans.
"Pulling into the parking lot this morning and seeing a big ole trailer sitting here, it just brought so much joy and peace to my heart," White said.
Not just one trailer, but two full-sized ones were ready to be packed with any and all furniture and household items.
"We decided we were going to kick it up a notch,” White said.
Donors swung by and Millard American Legion volunteers made stops to load the trailers.
"I'll be honest with you, for the last week I've been fighting back a lot of very joyful tears,” White said.
"It's just a blessing because the end game is going to help all of our homeless veterans get all of the items that they need when we go to move them starting again next week,” Hernandez added.
Hernandez was unsure if more than a dozen veterans would be waking up to finished homes.
"They might have ruined our Christmas day for a little bit, but after today, it's made our year, so we're going to have a Christmas every day for the next year,” Hernandez said.
Werner Enterprises donated both of the semi-trucks to “Moving Veterans Forward.”
The organization is trying to raise enough money to buy White a new trailer.