Carrington Associates Help Deserving Vietnam Veteran in Need
CCF has always been dedicated to supporting our nation’s Veterans in a variety of ways as they work to integrate themselves back into civilian life after years of service. And while we do so through a number of official signature programs, sometimes the opportunity comes along to help someone in need in a way that falls outside our usual approach. One such opportunity came to us recently, and we wanted to share with you how Carrington Associates came together outside of CCF’s normal operating procedures to make a difference in the life of a struggling Veteran.
It all began when an Associate reached out to CCF to share the story of his client, a 72-year-old Virginia Veteran who has been having difficulty supporting himself – to the point where he’s been pawning household items to be able to pay his mortgage. He even pawned his bicycle, which now means he has to walk everywhere – which can be difficult, as the nearest grocery store is three miles away from his home. Yet somehow, throughout all this, he’s been able to make all of his mortgage payments on time. Unfortunately, making this financial commitment has left him with very little to pay for groceries and other living expenses.
Knowing how passionate Carrington and CCF are about supporting our nation’s Veterans, this Associate talked with supervisors and wrote us to tell us about this Veteran and his struggles – and asked if we would help purchase him a bike with the means to carry his groceries more easily from the store to his home. CCF considered his proposal, and went to senior management with the request – and from there, the story took on a life of its own. Working together, senior management is now making an effort to expedite a refi to lower his mortgage rate to an absolute minimum by the end of this month, giving him more money to support himself and make ends meet.
Not only are the Associates and senior management working to raise money to buy this Veteran a new bicycle, but with Thanksgiving right around the corner, this team also wanted to make sure this Veteran had a feast to call his own over the holiday. So they’ve also worked together to organize a meal to be delivered to his home to be enjoyed on Thanksgiving Day. As one team member put it, “No Veteran who served our country should go without a good Thanksgiving Day dinner.” When an Associate placed a call to the Veteran to find out if he would be home to receive the meal, the Veteran shared that his Thanksgiving dinner often comes from neighbor’s leftovers or church donations. He was completely overwhelmed by Carrington’s support.
As of now, the plan is for an eight-person feast to be delivered the day before Thanksgiving, including a deep-fried turkey with gravy, butternut squash soup, southwestern stuffing, baby zucchini and carrots, dinner rolls and pumpkin spice cheesecake for dessert, courtesy of Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine. The team is also including a note of thanks for his service, and wishing him a happy Thanksgiving on behalf of Carrington.
We are immensely proud of the Associate who brought this Veteran’s struggles to our attention, and of the senior leaders who went the extra mile to make a big difference in one person’s life. These Veterans have given us so much – it’s our responsibility to take care of them, and honor them for all that they’ve sacrificed. If you’d like to join us in helping this Veteran have an amazing Thanksgiving, we encourage you to reach out to us at CCF.