Organizations use old items to raise money for veterans

Organizations use old items to raise money for veterans

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - One man's trash is another man's treasure. The Ladies Auxiliary VFW, the VFW Post 649, and the Women's Veteran club of the CSRA relied on that phrase to raise money for veteran organizations across the area.

"We were thinking how can we raise money to benefit all of us," Mary Verret, President of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW said. "So we decided to take items that people didn't want anymore but still are in really good shape and auction them off."

Verret organized very first 'Joint Task Force Auction.' She said helping veterans is very personal. Her brother and her friend were both died while serving.

"It makes my heart grow. I celebrate my brother's life and my friend's life," Verret said.

Watha Austin-Hooper, commander of the woman's veteran club of the CSRA, says in a male-dominated military, sometimes women are overlooked. That's what motivates her to raise money.

"Female vets have not been recognized like they should be and now its like we have a voice and the CSRA is accepting us and we're here to serve," Austin-Hooper said. "Doing something like this is giving us a chance to serve our community."

The money raised will benefit the Fisher House at Fort Gordon and homeless female veterans in the CSRA.

The items that didn't get sold are being donated to the Salvation Army and Goodwill.

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