Did Arnold Schwarzenegger turn into Santa? Actor gifts homes to 25 homeless veterans
This Christmas, Arnold Schwarzenegger gifted tiny homes to 25 homeless veterans. Offering them the gift of a lifetime, Schwarzenegger truly became the Santa in disguise.
Actor and former California Governor, Arnold donated $250,000 to a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles. This nonprofit goes by the name 'Village for Vets' 25 tiny homes were purchased and gifted to veterans that they now call their home.
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Arnold shared his joy on Instagram by saying, "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. I want to thank @villageforvets for arranging the homes and being a fantastic partner, @secvetaffairs, @amvetshq and everyone who worked with us and made this possible. We proved that when we all work together, we can solve any problem."
"I am ecstatic. I’m really ecstatic, I’m so excited. To me, this is the greatest Christmas gift." said Arnold when asked about how he felt sharing the festive spirits with homeless veterans.
The new homeowners were grateful and joyous too. One of the veterans, Bruce Henry Cooper told KTTV-TV, "It’s been a life-saver for me. He has not forgotten us. Not forgotten anybody." Another veteran Ferris Kearns who lived on the streets for a long duration explained that the key difference between the tent he lived in earlier and his new home is that "no squirrels and no rats."
In this interview and exclusive tour conducted by host Elex Michaelson, Arnold was accompanied by his son Patrick Schwarzenegger. On the day this interview was conducted, showers were pouring in Los Angeles, as seen in the videos too. Host Elex said, "It proves the point they are going through not just sunshine and wonderful weather."
"This is the greatest Christmas gift!” @Schwarzenegger donates 25 tiny homes to homeless vets at the VA in West LA.— Elex Michaelson (@Elex_Michaelson) December 24, 2021
For the first time in a long time, these vets are now off the streets.
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An employee at the nonprofit organization, Rob Reynolds said," They have electricity, they have heating and air conditioning, helps bring a little bit of pride back."
Arnold's son Patrick was seen distributing his nutrition bars MOSH during the BBQ event to honor the veterans. Patrick said, "We owe everything to our veterans, they’ve sacrificed their lives, their family hoods for us and our freedom. Its the holidays, anything we can do to make other people’s week a little better and happier. It’s all good."
Arnold was pleased and grateful. He said, "It makes me feel good I can give something back to this country that has given everything to me."