Arnold Schwarzenegger donated 25 tiny homes to homeless veterans and their pets
- Arnold Schwarzenegger donated 25 tiny homes to homeless veterans in Los Angeles.
- Schwarzenegger worked in collaboration with the nonprofit organization Village for Vets.
Arnold Schwarzenegger donated 25 tiny homes to homeless veterans and their pets in California.
On December 23 Schwarzenegger said he "celebrated Christmas early" by revealing the tiny homes he donated had officially been installed in Los Angeles. Fox 11 reported that Schwarzenegger donated $250,000 to purchase the tiny homes.
"It was fantastic to spend some time with our heroes and welcome them into their new homes," Schwarzenegger, 74, wrote on Twitter.
—Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) December 24, 2021
"I am so ecstatic," Schwarzenegger said in a video with Fox 11 anchor Elex Michaelson. "To me, this is the greatest Christmas gift. It makes me feel good that I can give something back to this country that has given everything to me."
He continued: "I had this great success, only because of America … Whatever I tackled, I achieved because of America, so to me it's always great to give something back."
Village for Vets also shared a photo of Schwarzenegger on its official Twitter account and thanked him for the contribution.
"His donation to Village for Vets made it possible for us to purchase and build the remaining 25 shelters at the CTRS site on the VA Campus," the post read.
In a statement to Insider, Village for Vets praised Schwarzenegger for the donations.
"With this generous gift from Arnold Schwarzenegger we have moved from a village of people helping veterans into a true village for veterans," the statement reads. "These tiny shelters will provide warmth and stability to our homeless veterans and allow them to live with dignity while VA staff and other service providers help them to secure their long term home."
Schwarzenegger was also praised by the veterans he helped, including Bruce Henry Cooper. Cooper told Fox 11 that the tiny home "has been a life-saver" for him.
"He has not forgotten us," Cooper said of Schwarzenegger.
—Elex Michaelson (@Elex_Michaelson) December 24, 2021
Schwarzenegger's son Patrick — whom he shares with Maria Shriver — also spoke to Fox 11 about his father's efforts and the importance of helping veterans.
"We owe everything to our veterans, you know?" he said. "They sacrificed their lives, their family, their future for us and for our freedom."
Representatives for Arnold Schwarzenegger did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
Schwarzenegger previously served as the governor of California from 2003 to 2011. In August, Schwarzenegger made headlines after criticizing people who refused to wear face masks during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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