Habitat Helps Veterans Impacted by Wildfires

Habitat LA staff and ReStore volunteers with AMVETS representatives on the ramp of a truck posing for a group photo.

Tom Stanley (far left), Habitat LA ReStore volunteers and AMVETS Representatives.

Our expansion into the San Fernando, Santa Clarita, and Antelope Valleys has brought with it an opportunity to help families impacted by recent wildfires that affected southern California. Our Habitat LA ReStores were able to play a large role in that effort by helping to raise funds for victims and by providing much-needed furnishings.

In December, Tom Staley, our veterans’ coordinator, guided representatives from the veterans service organization AMVETS through our Bellflower ReStore. Together, they chose furnishings for Ross Smith, a fellow veteran, and his family. The Smiths lost their home in Paradise last November and needed to furnish a rental apartment quickly and inexpensively; the ReStore was the perfect place to shop.

Habitat LA ReStore volunteers carrying chairs and tables to a moving truck.

Habitat LA ReStore volunteers load up the AMVET truck.

“To be able to provide furniture to a fellow veteran and his family is a remarkably rewarding experience, and one I was proud to be a part of,” said Staley.

The ReStore also donated one of our playhouses so that the Smith’s five-year-old grandson, Noah, would have a place all his own to play.

“It’s always a pleasure working with the ReStores,” said Karina Guzman, Welcome Home Program Manager for AMVETS.