|Donald Trump said his foundation gave $1,000 to a Vermont|
veterans organization. He didn't, but GoFundMe
donors came to the rescue
Of course, the catch is, the big boost is because it appears Donald Trump did something rotten.
IRS tax forms from 2013 indicate the Donald J. Trump foundation gave Friends of Veterans in White River Junction, Vermont $1,000.
The veterans group said they never got the Trump donation.
According to the Concord Monitor, a GoFundMe page was set up to help Friends of Veterans, to "Help the Vets That Trump Forgot." The goal for the fundraiser was $2,000. At last check, Friends of Veterans was set to get $21,400 from at least 480 contributors, says the Concord Monitor.
Says the Monitor:
"'It kind of knocked me for a loop,' said Larry Daigle, the organization's president and a Vietnam War veteran who has volunteered with the nonprofit for 15 years. 'We're still kind of analyzing things ourselves.'"
Trump might have confused Friends of Veterans in White River Junction with Friends of Veterans in Palm Beach, Florida.
However, that donation to Florida helped pay for a parade, which is nice, but not as nice as actually helping veterans cover security deposits for housing and head off eviction notices, as the Vermont organization does for veterans in Vermont and New Hampshire.
Friends of Veterans in Vermont has a $150,000 annual budget, so this latest GoFundMe windfall will surely help.
Good work, donors!