Roy Gleiter, a homeless veteran on a nationwide protest trek, is making donations.
While Gleiter was living in a tent off of Highway 50 in eastern Pueblo County, people in the community donated lots of items to Gleiter and his female companion, including piles of food and pounds of dog food.
Now Gleiter is giving back.
Wednesday, Gleiter made the first of what he says will be several donations. Gleiter gave all his dog food to a new animal rescue mission in Boone.
"I didn't want to see it go to waste, so I wanted to give it to a noble organization, some people who are doing outstanding work for animals in this community,” said Gleiter.
The couple who runs T-Bone Rescue out of their home developed a special relationship with Gleiter over the last six months. They would go visit with him and talk about his mission.
With the help of a few others, Heather Trujillo and her husband raised $120 to get Gleiter’s two dogs, Jake and Teddy, out of the pound. They plan on caring for them until he is back on the road.
Gleiter says he wants to return the couple's generosity.
"They are running this program out of their own pocket, and they are struggling to begin with. So my philosophy is to put your stuff where it will do the most good," Gleiter said.
All of Gleiter’s possessions, that he pulled by trailer across the country, were taken away when he was arrested. They are currently being held at a towing company’s lot. Gleiter says the company now technically owns the items, but is generously allowing him to get the food back, so he can donate it.
Gleiter was in court Wednesday morning on charges of trespassing and unlawful use of public land. His lawyer, who took Gleiter's case up for free, arranged for him and Debra Cowden, the woman living with him in the tent, to stay for a month at a local hotel.
Gleiter tells 11 News he plans on fighting the charges to the end.
“It has to be fought. I’m not just fighting for me, I’m fighting for America. Any rights that I lose, you lose. And they are not taking any more from this country, not on my watch,” said Gleiter.
The homeless veteran still plans on finishing his trek that he started back in 2007. Once he finishes all the court hearings related to his charges, he plans once again starting his journey to Washington State, where he plans on finishing his protest against American greed. Read more about Gleiter here.
T-Bone Rescue is being funded by Trujillo and her husband’s business H&S Painting in Boone. They take in animals that need a home. Not only do they care for animals other shelters won’t take, but also animals from families who were evicted, or just can no longer have the pets.
For more information about the rescue, call 719-214-5348.