The sound of pick-up trucks could be heard rumbling into the parking lot at HVAF on January 24. You could hear them coming from blocks away. Twenty-three pickup trucks in all converged in the parking lot with a donation for homeless veterans. Fifty members of the Diesel Mafia of Indiana, an Indianapolis-based truck club, delivered much-needed winter essentials. Hunter Stopes, Vice President of Diesel Mafia of Indiana, first learned of the need through HVAF’s HR Coordinator Sammy Mitchell and sprung to action by gathering the group to collect items. As a result, fifteen veterans in HVAF’s recovery program received hats, gloves and other items.
The truck club, which was formed September 2014, prioritizes which charity to support each year. When the group learned about HVAF, donations poured in from around the state.
“It saddens me to learn that some of the men and women who fight so I that I can have clothes on my body, a roof over my head, and be able to live in freedom are homeless,” says Hunter. “To hear they cannot stay warm or have a home to go to considering they fought for us is frustrating. We are glad to be of help in their time of need.”