Couple campaigns for coats to help veterans

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A Fort Wayne couple is working to help area veterans who are in need this holiday season. It started with just a call to action on Facebook, but with the help of a restaurant, the Army veteran and his wife are making their dream of opening a nonprofit organization a reality. It’s called “Clothes for Joes.”

Matthew and Cori Maple had always talked about helping homeless veterans. It’s an issue that hits home for them.

“I’ve had a few friends that I served with that ended up being homeless throughout the years,” said Matthew. “Being around the homeless population, knowing what’s out there, knowing how many of those guys are actually veterans– it breaks my heart to see guys who gave their life for our country have nothing.” So this holiday season they decided to spring into action.

“I sat down one day and thought long and hard about it,” he said. “I just kind of told myself this is what we want to do, let’s get this going. I want to help these guys out.”

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