Community helps veteran buy new golf cart

ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) — A few months ago, we told you about Robert Pepper, a disabled Vietnam veteran whose golf cart was stolen from his home in Anderson.

After seeing her story, emails from viewers poured in from people wanting to help.

WHNS – Robert Pepper with his new golf cart.(Carolina Fox)

Pepper has COPD, which prevents her from moving. Going for a walk can be a challenge for him and his golf cart gets him out of the house.

“It’s my transportation,” Pepper said, “when it was stolen, it just ripped my feet off and I got really bummed out about it.”

Pepper said he didn’t know what to do after someone stole his cart, but people stepped up and changed his life for the better.

“Thank you so much to everyone who stepped up and helped me out,” Pepper said.

Donations started pouring in, from local fundraisers to fellow service members. Neighbors and strangers helped.

“Veterans have stepped up and really helped out a lot with the donations,” Pepper said.

The donations helped him buy a new wagon and, more importantly, a new breath of life.

“It makes me feel blessed that people I don’t know came and went out of their way to help me and in doing so it lifted my spirits a lot and put me back on my feet.”

Now he’s back on the road.