In 2017, there were 8,666 veterans living in Johnson County, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Local realtor Sherri Hamilton said being able to put a smile on those veterans’ faces is something that makes her happy.
On behalf of the Johnson County Association of Realtors, Hamilton recently created an outreach project that would benefit some of Johnson County’s veterans.
“This year I was given the chair position over the public relations committee and I knew when I took this on that I wanted to be able to give back to our community,” she said. “I decided the veterans needed more help since most live on a fixed income and sometimes cannot afford to keep up with repairs around their homes.”
Hamilton said the committee decided to raise money by having a garage sale and put it toward saving veterans’ home in Johnson County.
“The first garage we put together in two weeks and raised over $5,000,” she said. “We had donations pouring in from the community and from veterans wanting to help other veterans.”
The JCAR has an application for veterans to fill out if they need repairs made to their home.
“We will go out and inspect the homes and evaluate what work will be needed to make their homes safe, such as landscape, painting, fencing and any other repairs needed,” she said. “We are working together with some local businesses here that said they would also donate their time to help us with things such as AC, electrical, roofing and plumbing.”
The next garage sale is set for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Cinemark Cinema 6 parking lot on West Henderson Street.
“We are accepting donations and we can come pick up items if needed,” she said. “We would love to have any support — large or small — from anyone in our community that would love to help veterans.”
Anyone who would like to donate items to the garage sale or volunteer their home-repair services can call Hamilton at 817-917-7699.
Hamilton said the JCAR believes that by helping give back to a community, the real estate industry has also been blessed.
“Realtors love saving houses as much as we like selling them,” she said.