Havelock helps homeless vet get back on his feet in time for Christmas

Published: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 08:56 AM.

Winter jackets, socks, toasters, microwaves, televisions, anything McFall needed, started showing up.

“The material things have been just overwhelming,” Brady said. “People have been coming out and giving him so many items that now we’re kind of screening them for him to keep him from getting duplicate items.

“They may not be the most luxurious, but he has his basic needs met right now and that’s a wonderful thing.”

Not only were the material things important, socialization and the outpouring of kindness were priceless, Brady said.

“We got in contact with Social Services to get him signed up for food stamps. We put him in for a pension with the Veterans Administration because his income was so low,” Brady said. “We did a lot of things that we normally do for veterans that are in distress.”

The Senior Center staff made sure McFall had a meal every day.

“After a while, he started smiling,” Brady said. “He’s a very cheerful fellow. He’s different from the day I met him to what you see today. He’s just completely different. Before he was hanging his head down and was very humble, and now he’s perked up a little bit so that part was important also.”



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