A thrift store dedicated to helping veterans now needs your help. With the recent rain we have seen here in Laredo, it’s creating a problem for "The Veterans Project" thrift store. James Johnson has more, James
It's a thrift store with one goal in mind and that's making sure veterans have somewhere to go for help. Everything they sell at the store goes toward providing food and necessities for our veterans.
The veteran’s thrift store has been around since 2009. The merchandise the store sells goes towards helping veterans with food and other necessities. With the recent rain we've been having it's become harder to keep the thrift stores merchandise intact.
[cg:newsuper\gigi ramos\"the veterans project" founder] 22:41:52:21 when it rains the only way to protect inventory is were putting curtains on top of items and were picking up everything so nothing is sitting in the water.
The reason the rain is such a problem for the store is because the front entrance is at an incline. The store is in a flood zone, so whenever it rains the store becomes flooded. That's not the only problem. The roof of the store has holes allowing water to come inside.
[cg:newsuper\gigi ramos\"the veterans project" founder] 22:43:54:19 we have a roof on top of our heads but there are spots where water comes in so were continually moving buckets. 22:42:33:21 the parking lot is higher then the location of the thrift store so when it rains the water sits down here.
Veteran’s historian, Valentin Moreno has seen the flooding first hand and says this seems to happen every time it rains. This thrift store is important to the veterans and explains why the community should help.
[cg:newsuper\valentin moreno\veteran historian] 23:10:59:26 I’ve seen the veterans and they're mostly elderly and this store helps them out. 23:13:45:18 they need money, assist, and help.
All of the work the store does for the veterans is at no cost but if it keeps raining like it has, it may ultimately cost the veterans.
With the way things are going the store is three thousand dollars short of making it to the end of the month. The money generated from the store helps to feed 550 veterans in our community, so for many of these veterans this store is their lifeline. If you want to help out the store you can visit their facebook page "Volunteers Serving The Need (Laredo Veteran's Nonprofit)”. For KGNS, I’m James Johnson.