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Non-profit holds fundraiser to help homeless vets

© NTVRF unveiled one of its tiny homes that they will give to homeless vets. © NTVRF unveiled one of its tiny homes that they will give to homeless vets.
© Frontier days was the first event for NTVRF to raise money for Base Camp Lindsey. © Frontier days was the first event for NTVRF to raise money for Base Camp Lindsey.
© A tiny home that will be located at Base Camp Lindsey was unveiled at NTVRF's Frontier Days. © A tiny home that will be located at Base Camp Lindsey was unveiled at NTVRF's Frontier Days.
IOWA PARK, TX(RNN Texoma) -

A Wichita Falls non-profit held a fundraiser in Iowa Park that took event-goers to the past all to raise money for homeless veterans on Saturday.

Frontier Days was the first event of the year for the North Texas Veterans Relief Fund to raise money for Base Camp Lindsey where these tiny homes will go to homeless war heroes.

"It's an additional living facility to get them off the street, help them figure out the problem and get back on their feet," Chris De La Garza NTVRF Vice-Chair said.

"You have these people that fought hard for what they did and make things I think it's time for us to turn it around and do things for them," John Nettles said.

The project is named after Texoman, Buffalo Soldier, Felix Lindsey. His brigade captured the notorious Native American Chief Geronimo. Lindsey met him face to face.

"He organized the sharpshooters and every time he was ambushed he cut a way out keeping his cool," Mark Greenwood said. "Without Felix Lindsey, General [Nelson] Miles would have been slaughtered." 

The project's organizers say they took a page from Lindsey to put the event and project together.

"His determination, not letting anything stop him, always giving back to his country, serving his community when living here, everything he stood for is what this village is going to stand for," De La Garza said.

The project qualified as a planned unit development district (PUDD) after Wichita Falls City Council changed the guidelines. De La Garza said that helped her finally determine the cost of the neighborhood after meeting with architects and general contractors.

She said so far they have raised more than $3,000.

"The village itself is going to run $750,000 so it's a drop in the bucket but it's a starting place," De La Garza said.

If you want to find out more information about the project or would like to donate, you can go to the non-profit's website.

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