PEORIA, IL - After serving for us during many years--homeless veterans in central Illinois got to be served in return. Hundreds of volunteers and homeless veterans gathered at Dozer Park
for Goodwill of Central Illinois's, Stand Sown for Homeless Veterans. In this event, veterans received free clothing, blankets and various services.
"We generate funds to give back to the community and one of those things we're really proud of is not just our veteran's home but also today with the Stand Down event. We feel like we owe a debt of gratitude to the veterans and to those who've served," said Don Johnson, President of Goodwill Industries of Central IL.
Some decided to spend this rainy Saturday volunteering because the cause is close to their heart.
"My mom is a DAR board member and she asked if we would come over and help her. Such a large portion of her life she really enjoys what she's putting out and we like to come and honor and respect the veterans," said Eric Hail, volunteer at Stand Down for Homeless Veterans.
While some came to support loved ones, others came because they have been effected themselves.
El-Jamal is a veteran who was recently approved to live in a home after living in his car for six months.
He said he could not be more thankful for this event.
"This is an answer to prayer. You have to be careful on what you pray for because it might show up the next day. So I'm thankful already. Don't need a turkey," said El-Jamal, "I appreciate the service of the Stand Down. I didn't know the name of it before but I found out about it yesterday and was given the opportunity to come over today by transportation by my counselor."
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