Dozens of Homeless Vets Helped at American Legion Post in Lake City


LAKE CITY, Fla. (WCJB) — Nearly 60 homeless veterans received food, clothing and even haircuts at a Veterans Affair-sponsored event at the American Legion Post in Lake City.

Homeless Lake City veteran retires

The annual Lake City Homeless Veterans Booth was held at American Legion Station 57, located at 2602 SW Main Blvd. Providers Meridian Behavioral Healthcare and CareerSource offered potential job training and mental health counseling, as well as other veteran-focused groups. Food and clothing were also offered as well as haircuts.

Post Commander Rick Cabrera says the post is happy to help these veterans not just once a year, but throughout the year.

“You know, for some reason, bad luck falls on people. Just because they’re homeless doesn’t mean they’re not a person. To me, every veteran is a person and if we can help them, we will do whatever it takes to do so,” Cabrera said.

The post will host a chili cook-off and a classic car show in March.

PREPARATIONS FOR THE OLUSTEE FESTIVAL AND THE REENACTMENT OF THE BATTLE OF OLUSTEE BEGIN

On Thursday, preparations began at venues in Lake City and Columbia County for the Olustee Festival and re-enactment of the Battle of Olustee this weekend.

The Olustee Festival will take place at Wilson Park on February 18 and 19. The annual arts and crafts festival will also feature food trucks and vendors at the park.

The Battle of Olustee Reenactment will take place at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park on February 20.

FIRST FEDERAL BANK: 60 DAYS OF DONATION

To celebrate the bank’s 60th anniversary, First Federal Bank donates money to local nonprofit organizations every day for sixty days.

$1,000 will be donated to a local non-profit organization in cities with a branch of First Federal Bank and on the final day $6,000 will be donated.

John Medina, president and CEO of First Federal Bank, says the bank is happy to give back.

“We have logged more than three thousand volunteer hours by our employees with nonprofit organizations in the communities we have served, so we are very connected to the success of our communities we serve and we are honored to continue to contribute and give back,” said Medina

The bank is headquartered in Lake City and serves 60,000 people in three states.

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