This year, Christmas couldn’t get better for homeless veterans as Arnold Schwarzenegger donated 25 small homes for vagrant veterans and their pets in West Los Angeles on Thursday, surprising dozens with a pre-Christmas gift.
Schwarzenegger collaborated with the non-profit organization Village for Vets, which is committed to arranging food and lodging for homeless veterans, as well as Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough, and volunteer society (AMVETS) to build the small homes.
On December 23, Schwarzenegger took to social media and stated that he “celebrated Christmas early” by revealing that the tiny homes had officially been fixed in Los Angeles. As per Fox 11, Schwarzenegger reportedly donated $250,000 to buy the tiny homes.
“It was fantastic to spend some time with our heroes and welcome them into their new homes,” The Terminator star wrote on Twitter.
Today, I celebrated Christmas early. The 25 homes I donated for homeless veterans were installed here in LA. It was fantastic to spend some time with our heroes and welcome them into their new homes. pic.twitter.com/2mHKfoZ65V
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) December 24, 2021
He continued by showing his gratitude to Village for Vets for organizing the homes, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough, and support group AMVETS.
Village for Vets’ official Twitter account also shared a photo of the former governor of California and thanked him for his contribution.
“His donation to Village for Vets made it possible for us to purchase and build the remaining 25 shelters at the CTRS site on the VA Campus,” the post read.
This holiday season 25 more veterans have a roof over their head thanks to the generosity of @schwarzenegger. His donation to Village for Vets made it possible for us to purchase and build the remaining 25 shelters at the CTRS site on the VA Campus. #EndVeteranHomelessness pic.twitter.com/2gc7q26uuk
— Village for Vets (@VillageforVets) December 24, 2021
Schwarzenegger, 74, was also admired for his act of kindness by the veterans he helped, including Bruce Henry Cooper. Cooper expressed his feelings with Fox 11, stating that the tiny home “has been a life-saver” for him, and they have brought joy during this Christmas time for the people who will be living in these tiny houses.
“He has not forgotten us,” Cooper said about Schwarzenegger.
Schwarzenegger showed his excitement while talking to the news outlet stating he was “ecstatic” about donating the tiny homes.
In an interview with Fox 11 anchor Elex Michaelson, Schwarzenegger revealed, “I am so ecstatic.” He further added, “To me, this is the greatest Christmas gift. It makes me feel good that I can give something back to this country that has given everything to me.”
That means more vets will soon be getting homes!
To donate, go to https://t.co/wBJgsTb1z5
— Elex Michaelson (@Elex_Michaelson) December 24, 2021
He also added, “I had this great success, only because of America … Whatever I tackled, I achieved because of America, so to me, it’s always great to give something back.”
Rob Reynolds, an American Veterans member, revealed to FOX 11 that the tiny homes consist of a furnished bed, electricity, air conditioning, and heating to provide maximum comfort.
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Donations to Village for Vets are used for the organization’s tiny home, which provides a high-standard living in tent campsites while veterans look for permanent housing and strength, as well as several other initiatives providing indispensable services to homeless and at-risk veterans, as per the website of the non-profit entity.
A similar community of tiny homes for veterans exists in Kansas City, Missouri, consisting of an innovative community of 49 tiny homes for homeless veterans.
The well-equipped houses range in size from 240 to 320 square feet, meet all local city code requirements, and connect to utility services provided in the city.
‘Together, the veteran and VCP’s specially-trained case managers work to achieve incremental, lasting results in the areas of health and wellness, education, employment, financial literacy, and the development of a personal support network,’ the information on the website reads.
Patrick Schwarzenegger, son of the iconic action hero, whom he shares with Maria Shriver, also commented on his father’s efforts and the significance of helping veterans while talking to Fox 11.
“We owe everything to our veterans, you know?” he stated. “They sacrificed their lives, their family, their future for us and for our freedom.”
In August, Schwarzenegger made headlines after slating people who went against wearing face masks during the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. It is a precaution that everyone should take the virus and its variants seriously and avoid a non-serious attitude towards this deadly pandemic.