We live in the land of the free because of the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve in our armed forces.

On May 26, 2018, Givation, in partnership with Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids – Lexington, SC, Society of St. Andrew, Palmetto Patriot Project63rd Bn. South Carolina Lightfoot Militia and L&G Plumbing hosted a BBQ for the Brave and raised $4,615.27  for programs and services to support the 90 homeless veterans at Central Midlands Transitional Retreat in Lexington. 

WIS-TV reported a great recap of our activities:

  1. BBQ! $10 for a to-go plate of pulled pork, beans, slaw and bbq hash. $60 for a party package with 2 pounds pulled pork, 1 quart beans, 1 quart slaw, 1 quart hash and 1 quart rice.
  2. PLATE IT FORWARD. Buy a plate to help feed 90 homeless Veterans residing at Central Midlands Transitional Retreat in Lexington!
  3. THANK YOU CARDS. 100 thank you cards were created and sent to our troops stationed over seas.
  4. Meet the OFFICERS OF Live PD on A&E. Officer Brown was onsite to show his support of our veterans.
  5. Herndon Chevrolet displayed patriotic vehicles.
  6. A VA enrollment and eligibility specialists was onsite to talk about healthcare information and help veterans complete VA enrollment forms.

All of this was in support of 90 homeless veterans – in Lexington. Why is there even one homeless veteran – anywhere? They did not fail us when called to serve, why do we fail them?

Memorial Day is the remembrance for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our many freedoms. Yes, some gave all… but all gave some, and a few took a really hard fall.

We remember those who served and never came back. But what about those who served and never came back the same person? Those who served and are now homeless?

How can you make a difference?

First, recognize that a homeless person is still a person. In addition to our generous friends, family and community members who bought plates on Saturday, I was honored to shake hands with and give a few hugs to over 50 of the homeless veterans in Lexington as we served them lunch. They were beyond grateful for our generosity- for us seeing them as people and not a burden.

Second, educate yourself. Learn about the unacceptable number of homeless veterans there are across the country and ways you can help.

Then take action! Get involved, raise awareness, do something! Time, money, talent – anything you can provide is more than they have today.