EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – A non-profit organization that provides free furniture for struggling veterans recently asked for the community’s help to continue its mission. First News at Nine’s Phoebe Murray spoke with the founder of ‘Sofas for Service’ on why he says this Christmas was a good one for the organization.

In order to deliver free furnishings to veterans across stateliness, ‘Sofas for Service’ needs a bigger mode of transportation.

Pete Hestekin, Sofas for Service founder and President said, “There’s been a couple of occasions actually several occasions where we’ve had two veterans in the same city and we’ve just not been able to get everything in the small trailer.

Hestekin says they asked the community for help with fundraising for a new trailer Wednesday night.

Hestekin said, “Christmas Eve morning, basically 12 hours later, public generosity had raised almost $6,000.”

With an outpouring of community support, they raised enough money for that new trailer virtually overnight.

“The generosity again, in a very unique, trying year for a lot of people has been again, surprising overwhelming and humbling,” said Hestekin.

This year alone, sofas for service has provided 82 veterans in Wisconsin and Minnesota with couches, new beds and apartment furniture.

Hestekin said, “I walk into a small apartment,  and I see bedding a blanket or you know a couple blankets and a pillow on the floor, nobody should be sleeping like that. We can’t help everybody, but we’ll take this little piece of the pie and help our veterans, they get a new bed, all they have to do is ask for it, we don’t ask any other questions other than proof of service. We don’t care why you’re in the position you’re in, we’ll just help you.”

To find out how you can help sofas for service donation efforts, head to our website at weau.com.

In Eau Claire, Phoebe Murray, First News at Nine.