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By Sharon Chin

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SAN CARLOS, California (KPIX) — A San Mateo man has helped hundreds of formerly homeless military veterans turn their new apartments into comfortable homes.

Vietnam veteran Roger Yarborough lived in a tent for five years until he moved into his own apartment at Mercy Housing’s Veterans Village in Colma. That day, John Helin gave him a TV, loveseat, and more.

“That was one of the nicest things that happened to me in my entire life,” Yarborough said.

Over the past four years, Helin has provided free, gently-used furniture for more than 500 military veterans who used to be homeless. He runs his own moving company, and he fills 16,000 square feet of donated space in a San Carlos warehouse with furniture people have donated.

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