LEBANON, Tenn. - Members of the U.S. Military Motorcycle Club in Lebanon and Murfreesboro held a 48-hour-long fundraiser to raise awareness about homeless veterans.
The group collected non-perishable food items, clothes, and monetary donations to help local veterans and people in need this holiday.
The annual fundraiser called "Black Friday Deployment" started four years ago in Murfreesboro to shed light on the challenges that may arise when a military member returns home.
"Veterans still need help, in and out of the service," chapter Vice President Richard Griffin said.
The groups started collecting items at noon on Thanksgiving and ended at noon on Saturday in the two cities. They slept in tents at night.
Griffin who separated from the military in 1999 after serving five years said no donation was too small.
In Lebanon, money will go towards Fallen Soldiers March which collects funds to provide service dogs for veterans with PTSD. Clothes collected in Murfreesboro go towards Operation Stand Down.
A secure PayPal link was also set up to help homeless veterans receive service dogs.
Griffin knows some military members do not return home from service, but for those who do, he hopes this annual fundraiser helps at least one veteran get back on his or her feet with ease.
The Lebanon fundraising site was located at the corner of Legends Drive and Legacy Lane.
The Murfreesboro site was at 210 Robert Rose Drive at the Magnolia Medical Center.
The flyer below has a list of items that were needed: