Local groups looks to feed homeless vets on July Fourth

Published 3:54 pm Tuesday, June 30, 2020

This Saturday, during the Fourth of July local organizations will collaborate to feed the homeless veterans of Selma.

Restoring Veterans’ Hope Organization, CyberSignal Technologies and A Clean Selma will host a barbecue at The Good Samaritan Hospital from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dallas County Veteran’s Services Officer Lashendra Weaver, the organizer of Saturday’s event, said that there are 300 homeless veterans in Dallas County and she felt she needed to organize something for them during the holiday.

“I just wanted to give back to the community by sponsoring an event to help out,” she said.

After coming up with a plan for the barbecue, Weaver reached out to the hosting organizations for their support.

“Everybody was on board,” she said.

Weaver and other volunteers will spend the day handing out typical Fourth of July fare including hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, chips drinks and deserts.

Weaver added that hygiene supplies will also be distributed, including items to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 like face masks, gloves and hand sanitizer.

As a veteran herself, Weaver said she has no trouble empathizing with veterans, and added she understands how unfortunate it is to be in need.

“That’s my calling,” she said. “To help those that can’t help themselves.”

Weaver said any volunteers who would like to assist with Saturday’s event would be appreciated.
Interested volunteers can contact Weaver at (334) 419-1898.