Arlington veteran wins car giveaway




Posted on December 26, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 26 at 6:38 PM

ARLINGTON - This is not just any thrift store, but one that supports men and women who sacrificed their lives.

Every dollar spent helps veterans.

"There's just not enough support out there that they need," Randolph Brown said. "I've been a Vietnam veteran since '74."

Brown says he know what it's like to have trouble getting on your feet, and so he founded Veterans Thrift Store, which is located off of Arkansas Lane in Arlington.

Brown said he wants a veteran to benefit from a bit of good will, and good fortune.

He had a child visiting the thrift store to pull a raffle ticket and announce the winner of a car.

The drawing helped bring attention to the store, which has been open one month, and the idea is to raise as much money as possible, so that veterans will also get hired and work at the store and run it.

A lot of customers were excited to see a veteran win the 1996 Ford Contour in the raffle. William Yerty got a phone call and rushed back to the store to receive his new set of wheels.

"Wow!" he said. "This is awesome! It's my birthday today, and I turned 60 years old. Best birthday I've ever had."

Brown handed over the title to the car and was happy that it went to a veteran who literally needed a lift. Yerty didn't have a car before today and came to the thrift store for that reason.

"That's why I bought the bicycle over here the other day," Yerty said. "God Bless everybody!"

William Yerty drives away feeling like a veteran who is finally appreciated, and he couldn't be more appreciative of receiving a gift that will make life easier for him.

"Merry Christmas and happy new year!" he said as he waved to the crowd at Veterans Thrift Store.

Brown is glad the thrift store is part of what the holiday season is all about - giving. In this case, to veterans who need the support.