CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Helping Our Heroes Project (HOHP) and Hospice Plus of Athens are teaming up together July 30 for a fundraiser to help heroes for the best kind of project.
Helping Our Heroes Project provides housing for homeless veterans in the Cedar Creek Lake area. They were just getting off the ground running when COVID hit but are taking strides to get things moving along again.
Founder and CEO James (Butch) Lawson says that HOHP is a 501(c)3 foundation with a full board of qualified directors. Lawson, who served in the 25th Infantry Division, is a disabled Vietnam Veteran and holds a Bronze Star Medal, stated that at least 5% of veterans return from war without families to come home to. That leaves thousands of veterans on the street. “Veterans need a home, wherever it is,” says Lawson.
Lawson started HOHP by selling hats at Lowe’s and Tractor Supply. He found veterans under a bridge in Athens and on the side of the road then would take them something to eat and something to wear etc. It was then he really saw a need for homeless veterans to need housing in the lake area. “I’ll do whatever I have to do. If that means going to Walmart to buy tents for veterans then I will,” Lawson said.
The fundraising event that is partnered with Hospice Plus of Athens will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 30 at the Lowe’s in Gun Barrel City. Lawson will have military hats for purchase. “It’s just amazing what Lowe’s does for our Veterans,” Lawson said then continued, “I’m so glad to be in an area of the United States that loves Veterans.”
For more information on HOHP you can visit www.helpingourheroesproject.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (903) 802-7006.