Veteran Wish List

Veteran Wish List

In addition to monetary donations, Gold Coast Veterans Foundation is always in need of physical items for Ventura County veterans and their families. We have taken an important role to ensure the safety and well-being of our local veteran population, including homeless and at-risk veterans, recently-housed veterans, and disabled veterans.

When we are contacted about a veteran or family member in one or more of the above groups, we learn about their needs that will help them get back on their feet. Some needs are specific to that veteran while other needs overlap from one veteran to the next.

We are now offering you, the donor, an opportunity to fulfill one or more of their needs to help rebuild and improve their lives, such as how generous community members were able to assist these local veterans.

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Veteran Wish List Success Stories

Veteran Wish List
Veteran Wish List

Brian is an Army veteran who served from 2007-09. For much of his post-service time, he has served as the full-time caregiver for his friend, Brandy, who deals with frequent seizures resulting from an accident with a drunk driver. As a result of that ongoing medical care, they were living out of a vehicle with their dog, Scrappy.

Brian and Brandy were brought to the attention of our Mobile Veteran Outreach (MVO) team, who worked with other agencies to first shelter them in a hotel during COVID-19, and then a permanent apartment. However, during that time, Brian was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, which required a hospital stay and chemotherapy.

Once we knew their move-in date into their apartment, we worked quickly to connect with many generous community members to furnish their new apartment so they could focus on each other’s health. Brian is on the mend and continuing to receive treatments.

Veteran Wish List
Veteran Wish List

Byron is a Marine veteran. Byron receives constant care because of a progressive, genetic health condition that has severely reduced his mobility. As a result, Byron uses an electric wheelchair as his primary mode of transportation. However, due to its frequent use, the electric wheelchair began to come apart and was held together by duct tape. It no longer provided comfort and security for Byron.

Byron’s friend saw this electric wheelchair one day and contacted us to see if we had another electric wheelchair available. With the help of a generous community member and a local veteran-owned moving company, we not only provided Byron a gently-used electric wheelchair with brand-new batteries, but peace of mind for he and his family, knowing that he will always be safe wherever he goes.

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How Can I Grant a Veteran’s Wish?

You can help grant the wishes of veterans and their families in your community. This process is very easy:

1. Click on the links below to view our Veteran Wish Lists and choose what item(s) you would like to donate to Ventura County veteran(s) in need:

2. You may contribute by donating one or more the items (new or gently used is most preferred). If you have item(s) to donate, please give us a call at 8054826550 so we may assist with connecting the item(s) to the veteran(s) in need.

You can help ensure that we are Serving Those Who Served Us by your generous, tax-deductible contribution today. On behalf of our veterans and their families, thank you!

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Thank You to Our Partners!

 

Thank you to Store Safe Self Storage in Camarillo and Go Mini’s in Simi Valley for your kind donation of storage units in 2021 and 2022! This additional and convenient storage space will allow us to fulfill more veterans’ wishes this year. We will be able to further effectively connect our generous community members to our veterans in need.

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Veteran Wish Lists
(As of March 17, 2022)

Giving Me Independence with Medical Equipment

U.S. Navy; U.S. Navy Birthday; Happy Birthday U.S. Navy

I am an Navy veteran. I am permanently disabled and living on a very fixed income.

My mobility is severely compromised, and I had been using an electric power wheelchair to go to the grocery store, essential appointments, and to get some fresh air.

Unfortunately, my power wheelchair was recently stolen. Because I can barely walk on my own, I am now homebound as a result.

If you can help me regain my independence, I would greatly appreciate it.

My Wish List:

  • Electric power wheelchair

U.S. Army

I am an Army veteran who served during the Vietnam War. I am permanently disabled and living on a very fixed income.

My left knee is no longer functional and will require replacement surgery.

As I await that surgery, I am unable to go anywhere and rely on friends and neighbors to help me with essential needs, including groceries and prescriptions.

I am physically large in stature, so I will require a medical device that will be able to handle my height and weight.

My Wish List:

  • Heavy-duty, bariatric electric scooter

Furnishing My New Home and Reintegrating into Society

Fortunately, we do not have any existing needs for furniture and household goods. However, this can change at any time. Please continue to check our website as we receive such requests.

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Ongoing Needs

Medical Equipment

Mobility is often taken for granted. However, for those who are unable to walk without assistance, medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, and electric scooters are invaluable. Such equipment gives our local veterans a sense of independence they otherwise would not have.

  • Manual wheelchairs
  • Lightweight, transport wheelchairs
  • 3 and 4-wheeled electric scooters
  • Electric wheelchairs
  • Seated walkers
  • Wheelchair access ramps

Furnishing Veterans’ Homes

The furnishings and decorations that make a house a home define and ground the family living in that home. When a veteran and family transition into an empty house, they have been homeless for so many years that they do not realize what items they need to make their new house a home. Such items give our local veterans what they need to get back on their feet and feel a sense of community.

We primarily help furnish studio and one-bedroom apartments. Please keep that in mind if you wish to donate any of the following items listed below.

Bedroom

  • Beds (mattress, box spring, and/or frame) (twin, full, or queen)
  • Bed sheets (Brand-new only)
  • Pillows and pillowcases (Brand-new only)
  • Dressers/Chests of drawers
  • Nightstands

Living Room

  • Sofa/loveseat
  • Recliner
  • Small desks
  • Coffee tables
  • End tables

Kitchen

  • Refrigerator
  • Dining table
  • Dining chairs
  • Countertop appliances (such as microwaves and toasters)
  • Dishes, silverware, and cups

Bathroom

  • Bath towels
  • Washcloths

Emergency Funds and Everyday Essentials

A number of the veterans we serve, especially with our Mobile Veteran Outreach (MVO) program, fall into one of the following categories:

  • Homeless veterans
  • Veterans at risk of being homeless
  • Newly-housed veterans

All are either living off a fixed source of income or no source of income at all. Because of this limited income, they do not have an adequate food supply, reasonable change of clothes, personal care products for their overall health, and gasoline for their cars to get to their jobs and medical appointments.

If you are able to assist us with donating any of the following emergency supplies, all of which will allow our MVO team to best ensure the safety of these highest-risk veterans as they are connected to critical services, we would greatly appreciate your support.

  • Hotel vouchers
  • Gas cards
  • Perishable and non-perishable food items
  • Toiletries
  • Prepaid gift cards
  • Grocery store gift cards
  • Chain store gift cards
  • Restaurant gift cards
  • Bus passes