Homeward Vets furniture drive helps homeless veterans in need

To date, they've helped more than 500 veterans here in western Massachusetts

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There was a huge response on Saturday to help western Massachusetts homeless veterans in need.

Homeward Vets filled a 53 foot trailer, a U-Haul, and a pickup truck with furniture. It was a Veterans Day weekend that some homeless veterans will never forget.

Nearly 100 people donated more than 350 pieces of furniture, small appliances and dishes. Those items will help more than 35 veterans transitioning from being homeless to having a place to call home.

Homeward Vets president David Felty told 22News, “These veterans were being brought off the streets and moved into shelters. They were moving them and putting them into homes, and we realized the homes were empty and these guys didn’t have furniture, and obviously didn’t have belongings with them.”

The organization was formed in 2012. To date, they’ve helped more than 500 veterans here in western Massachusetts.

Christopher Scott of Springfield told 22News, “They’ve helped me out with furniture for my house and appliances for the kitchen, and so forth. So it’s a really good program. I thought the program to be so good, that I’m now a volunteer.”

If you’re interested in donating to Homeward Vets, you can visit their website.