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Veteran works to help Huntsville's homeless

Tuesday, the group will help the homeless plant gardens to grow some of their own food. Tuesday, the group will help the homeless plant gardens to grow some of their own food.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat forever. That is what a Tennessee Valley veteran is trying to do. He is fighting the war on homelessness.

Rusty Loiselle and his group, Help Our Homeless Veterans and Citizens, have a goal to provide comfort and dignity for Huntsville's homeless veterans and homeless citizens.

They collect and distribute warm clothing, blankets, food, and tents to the homeless.

Loiselle said many of these men and women living under the bridges of Huntsville are U.S. veterans who have fallen on hard times.

Tuesday, the group will help the homeless plant gardens to grow some of their own food.

"We have to help them help themselves. I'm all for that. I am literally taking money out of my own pocket so they can help themselves, and they need to do that so they feel a sense of accomplishment," said Loiselle.

"A lot of the homeless have nothing. They don't have a way to take a shower or anything else, so for someone like Russ to come along and help everyone, whether they are a vet or not, it means a lot," said David Brawn.

Loiselle and his group will plant gardens at several local homeless campsites on Tuesday.

If you would like to donate or help the group, visit the group's Facebook page.

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