Here's how a single phone call provided money for veterans displaced due to the coronavirus

Julia LeDoux
March 28, 2020 - 10:35 am
Feeding vets

The American Legion

One phone call in Florence, Kentucky has led to a massive fundraiser for veterans who were displaced from a Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility in order to make room for COVID-19 patients.

Maddy Cummins learned of the veterans' plight as a result of a phone call she received at the Elks Lodge. She told WCPO that she reached out to American Legion Post 4 for help in raising money to assist the displaced veterans.

"In less than three days, we had $10,000," she told the television station.

The money is being used to purchase food for the veterans. It's also helping small businesses in the area that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

"We're giving money back to them to purchase meals and help them stay afloat," she said.

The veterans are now staying at Joseph House in Over-The-Rhine. The group has currently raised enough money to feed the veterans until the end of May.

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