EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon is helping to make a wellness center for local veterans a reality, by donating dozens of bed-frames to that facility.
The U of O donated 60 bed-frames from Barnhart dorm to Veterans Legacy. They're all going to Camp Alma, bringing them one huge step closer to opening this fall.
Volunteers loaded up these much needed bed-frames Sunday morning.
"It's a complete God send," said Bud Fitzgerald, who's on the Veterans Legacy's Board of Directors.
Over the past few years, volunteers have transformed the former forest work camp into a wellness center that'll help veterans who have medical or psychological needs heal in a serene environment, as they start their transition back into the community.
"I think any time you can do something for a vet, it's a good day. It's a good day for that individual and the community really," said Tim Carroll, who works at the U of O. Donating the beds was his idea.
He said the University is upgrading the furniture in the dorm, so he thought donating them to Camp Alma would be a great way recycle them and to help an important cause.
"I have a buddy who's involved with the project and we were sitting around talking and the light bulb popped on. I had the idea," said Carroll. "I went knocking on doors and making contacts, and it all came together."
He said the university is also donating 60 book shelves from another dorm to Camp Alma.
"Really, hats off to the University. We're really, really thankful for the relationship we have with them," said Fitzgerald.