Cottonwood man helps homeless veterans


REDDING, Calif. - A Cottonwood man is on a mission to help homeless veterans in the Northstate.

Kyle Cornwell served in the military and is a disabled veteran himself.

He explained veterans have a special place in his heart and last year one homeless man really tugged at him.

"He was freezing cold and hungry so I gave him my jacket and my food and honestly, he just started crying," Cornwell said. "I sat down next to him and he started sharing his story with me."

Cornwell knew from that point on he could help change lives.

"I decided I was going to commit myself and my time to helping other vets in my area," he explained.

Now, Cornwell seeks out homeless veterans on a weekly basis and gives them some of the basic things many people take for granted.

"I go to all the Goodwill stores and Salvation Army stores," he said. "I've had a lot of friends and family donating clothing and items."

He even occasionally brings his daughter to pick up supplies for those in need.

"One of the things that I teach her is paying it forward and giving back to our community," he said. "I believe it's teaching her good morals and responsibility."

On Tuesday, Cornwell found a couple hungry homeless veterans. He shared tacos and stories with them.

"It's really nice he is participating in his own way to help out vets in the area," said U.S. Navy veteran Justin Cross.

Cornwell added he has helped about 50 veterans so far, but plans on doubling that number.

"This is just my way of giving back, giving back to them for everything they did for us," he said.

If you would like to assist Cornwell's efforts to help homeless veterans click here.

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