When military veteran Kyle Cornwell, met a homeless man on the streets of Sacramento, CA his heart was forever changed. Cornwell will never forget the day, he was walking in Sacramento with friends after dinner when he noticed a homeless man shivering in the cold on the sidewalk. The man was wearing a military jacket and Vietnam hat. As Cornwell walked past the vet he felt compelled to help him.
Cornwell took off the $200 jacket he was wearing and gave it to the man and struck up a conversation. “He started crying,” Cornwell tells Fox News. “And I just sat with him for like 10 minutes and talked to him and got his story.” In that moment, Cornwell knew he had to do something to help veterans. Now, Cornwell is on a mission to help and heal all homeless veterans in his local northern California area. “I thought if I had this effect on just one person, what effect would have I have on much more,” said Cornwell.
Such an awesome day! pic.twitter.com/g4WTtygXsM
— Kyle Cornwell (@KyleCornwell85) March 18, 2017
“I decided I was going to commit myself and my time to helping other vets in my area,” Cornwell said. Each week, Cornwell goes to secondhand stores like Goodwill and the Salvation Army looking for clothing and other essentials homeless veterans might need.
“I drive around town and spot them. I talk to them and get their story,” Cornwell said. “I want to put warm clothes on them and food in their stomach.”
Cornwell is teaching his 6-year-old daughter how to think of others when he takes her on his shopping trips for vets. “One of the things that I teach her is paying it forward and giving back to our community,” he says. “I believe it’s teaching her good morals and responsibility.” His daughter has a heart as big as her dad’s when she offers to give all her saving to helping the veterans.
My daughter brought her piggy bank to me and said “daddy I wanna give my piggy bank to the vets so they can eat cuz I’m not hungry” pic.twitter.com/wmk03aUEFY
— Kyle Cornwell (@KyleCornwell85) March 17, 2017
Cornwell is asking others to find their own way to serve in their communities. “I want this to be a movement,” Cornwell stated. “I want this to blow up and for people all over the country to do this. I can only help so many veterans in my community and others need to step up (as well).”
Cornwell cannot support the cost of helping all the veterans in his community that need him, so he started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for weekly food and clothing donations.
“They’ve suffered through so much and I don’t want to see them suffer more [than] they have to,” he said. “I’m asking for your help and maybe build some karma this year and even save a life that years and years ago saved ours.”