Gladstone Park continues effort to aid veteran on hard times
The Gladstone Park community on Chicago's Northwest Side recently came together to help Anthony, an Air Force veteran facing hard times following a posting on Facebook by John Garrido.
In the posting, Garrido said Anthony, who is nearly 60-years-old and served in the Air Force from 1979 to 1982, is earning $120 each week selling newspapers and often ends up sleeping outside. The community has helped Anthony by making improvements to the Gladstone Park News Stand, as well as providing new winter clothes and food donations.
Now the community is working to raise money for Anthony and supplement his living arrangements. In his posting, Garrido said Anthony will contribute $100 of his monthly income to rent, with the rest being made up by community donations until the money runs out. To support the effort, Dan Ciolino of Wintrust Bank Gladstone Park has created an account for donations for Anthony, which will not be charged standard account fees. The account will be managed by the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association, the posting said.
“Anthony couldn't be more humble,” Garrido wrote in his Facebook post. “He is not asking for help, but has shown nothing but appreciation for the help he is getting. Please consider giving a few dollars to help Anthony. And thank you for your generosity.”
Those interested in helping can donate via GoFundMe or at Wintrust Bank Gladstone Park.