Culture Beat / January 9, 2020

Texas Man Turns Christmas Trees Into Canes for Vets

The free gifts for veterans all started from his own need of a cane.

“US Army veteran Jamie Willis started ‘Canes for Veterans Central Texas’ in 2016 when he realized he wasn’t the only veteran who needed a cane that was safe and sturdy. Willis served in the army for 8 years and is now disabled and unable to work.”

“‘I do this so I don’t sit home all day feeling sorry for myself,’ Willis [said]. ‘This is all out of kindness. I do everything out of pocket and from donations.’”

“Willis was originally given a cane from Veterans Affairs but it was ‘ugly’ and kept collapsing on him. So, he turned to the Florida-based organization ‘Free Canes for Veterans’ which was giving out 500 canes at the time. After he was told they had none left, the organization’s founder, Oscar Morris, taught Willis how to make his own cane.”

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