|Forum topic by Arlin Eastman||posted 01-18-2016 08:08 PM||724 views||0 times favorited||17 replies|
01-18-2016 08:08 PM
Three years ago I started teaching vets how to turn pens with the pen kits I donated to them and with help from others giving pen kits also.
Early last year on of our LJs here came up with an idea to help get us out of my small (14×18) car garage which only allows me and one other person in there at a time or them and a family member.
The idea was to help raise funds to pay for a 501C3 which cost $2500 and then rent a building and them get wood working tools and wood working equipment I do not have or some of which I will not move to the rented building.
So that is how our GoFundMe account started and we are now up to $670 with several other wonderful LJs donated money to also.
I would really love to just get enough money in the next 6 months to pay for the 501C3 so everyone can use it as a tax deduction and then work on the rest of the money from there.
Not only do I need people to donate, but if everyone can tell others about how much we need your help and asking if they would donate also.
If you have a web site I would like to ask you if you could put a link to our GoFundMe on it to help also.
I am doing this for them and not me since I could work alone, but I do crave camaraderie that I no longer have and very, very few people who even visit besides those I teach.
When we are able to rent a building I plan on also having a snack bar with several tables. I do believe we greatly need this also so everyone can visit, drink coffee, play cards or whatever it takes to keep them from hiding in the house or bedroom.
I do know this happens because after I was hurt from the bombing in the Middle East and after the 1 year stay in the hospitals before going home that I did when I did get home.
It is not easy to have severe PTSD, Brain Trauma and severe depression and not trusting people or things I could not control. I know we need to get them out of this like my Mental Health Dr did for me by telling me a hobby would help my depression. I also found that teaching others helps also.
I do not know if you have ever seen someone with so severe depression, self loathing, feelings of worthlessness or the many other things that happen when something of great magnitude happens.
Here is the link to our GoFundMe site
I am in the middle and on my Right is a well known turner Lyle Jamieson who has stopped over 3 times and the guy on my Left is an older Korean vet who is now my local friend.
So can you please help. Again not only with just even a dollar but with telling as many people as you can about this. You can even use what I typed here to help.
Thank all of you so very much for both your friendship and help.
-- Please help me help other Vets click..> http://www.gofundme.com/m1abko.....It is always the right time, to do the right thing.