It's been eight years since ‘Papa' or Douglas Dee has been delivering couches, beds and other household items to homeless vets in the area. Now a thousand vets have gotten furniture thanks to papa.
"I can't explain what it's like when you get to a vet and he's been sleeping under the bridge, now he's got a little apartment and he actually has furniture and a TV to sit and watch. It's just a great feeling," says Douglas ‘Papa' Dee, Vietnam Veteran.
Papa says the satisfaction he feels when helping other vets is overwhelming.
"I was a medic in Vietnam. I saw enough of what was going on. So I've always had the want there, ever since Vietnam to want to help the vets," says Papa.
It all started in 2007, when a member of the rock island county veteran's assistance commission asked if papa would pick up some furniture in his truck. Then his movement took off.
"We started out literally picking up furniture that was on the street or somebody's alley. We finally reached the point where we needed help," says Papa.
Now his son and grandsons are all onboard, helping with the deliveries and pickups.
His son Matthew's garage is filled with TV's, couches, things you would use to furnish a home.
"He was always saving people. This is his way of keeping that life's work," says Matthew Young, Papa's son.
Papa is connected to different homeless veteran assistance programs.
And only those enrolled get furniture.
The folks on the receiving end say they couldn't be happier.
"I didn't think anything like this would ever happen for me. I thought I was down and out," says Ricky Littig, Vet receiving furniture.
Vets like Ricky Littig say he can finally get back on his feet after being homeless.
And he's thankful for papa's service.
"I don't know what to say. I'm so grateful for it. I'm so happy," says Ricky Littig, Vet receiving furniture.
If you'd like to donate furniture or give money... just call Douglas Dee or Papa at the number on your screen. That's 309 269 7302.
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