LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. — When Lorenzo Liberti met a Vietnam veteran while serving food to the homeless with his church, he says it changed his life.
"What mattered was that he was a veteran and now he’s homeless. I’m better off than him and I haven’t ever served a day in my life. It made me really realize how much I owed to people like him," said Liberti.
So using his craftsman skills, Liberti started creating a symbol of Liberty, hand-carved wooden American flags.
In July, he launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for homeless veterans and to make a flag for a hospital in all 50 states.
Liberti, whose mother is a healthcare worker, says he wanted to honor both the heroes of our present while helping heroes who are forgotten.
In six months, Liberti raised more than $34,000 of his $50,000 goal.
On Tuesday, he presented a check to Turning Points, an agency that helps homeless veterans.
"That $30,000 donation will be a game-changer when veterans come to us for help, especially in emergency situations," said Edwin Robinson, Veterans Case Manager for Turning Points.