GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A WLOX story on the wounded war veteran who received a mortgage-free house apparently touched a lot of viewers' hearts. People have offered to donate furniture and services to help Christopher Gray in his recovery.
Being disabled, Gray did face one major obstacle: Moving out of his apartment and into his new home. He didn't have to go far to find people who wanted to help. The load was rather heavy and the task was much bigger than they thought.
"We knew it's a two-bedroom apartment. We weren't quite sure it was this much," said David Baird with the American Legion Riders Post 1992.
But when the military veterans learned that Chris Gray needed help moving, they rallied the troops. And they didn't hesitate to answer the call to service.
"Any vet, especially disabled vets, that need help, all they got to do is call us," said Baird. "We are veterans for veterans. We go out of our way to help our fellow vets, especially our combat veterans throughout this entire area. That's just what we do."
Volunteers from the American Legion of Gautier, American Legion Riders Post 1992, and AMBUCS loaded-up eight vehicles with furniture, exercise equipment and household items.
The mission would have been impossible for Gray. The Army National Guard veteran suffered serious injuries in 2009 when a roadside bomb exploded under his Humvee in Afghanistan.
"It took me awhile to actually build up the courage to ask them," said Gray. "Just overwhelmed! I mean, it's just amazing there are people out there, a lot of them you don't even know. It's just veterans helping veterans. It's just amazing!"
For Tania Whitfield, it was her way of honoring those who've sacrificed so much.
"Honestly, I lost my cousin over in Iraq. Anytime I get to see the guys come back, it makes it 100-percent," said Whitfield, 1STAL 1992 AMBUCS Director.
Whitfield comes from a military family.
"My dad's a veteran, my husband's a veteran, my son's a veteran, and I wasn't allowed to serve. So this is the way I give back," she added. "You can't explain the joy it gives my heart. It's so easy to do this, because I get it back 100 fold. "
The show of support came a day after Gray received a house that was donated by Bank of America and the Military Warriors Support Foundation.
"It's almost too much. Once again, it's one of the things where I don't even feel deserving," said Gray, as tears filled his eyes. "I can't thank them enough. I mean, the words don't do it."
After the veterans helped Gray move into his new house on Sunset Drive in Gulfport, they went back and cleaned-up his apartment.