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Legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger’s $250,000 Gesture Touched Hearts of 25 Homeless Heroes of US

Published 08/04/2022, 11:45 AM EDT

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Arnold Schwarzenegger has amassed a net worth of $450 million with a bodybuilding legacy, mega-hit acting career, and real estate empire. He has also made lucrative business investments, and served as the governor of California between 2003 and 2011.

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Schwarzenegger donated all his earnings from his political career to charitable causes. And even beyond that, he’s been a patron of the underprivileged. Last year, he made a generous donation to support homeless veterans sleeping on the streets of Los Angeles, California.


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Arnold Schwarzenegger paid for 25 tiny homes

Discovering the nonprofit Village for Vets, Arnold Schwarzenegger donated $250,000 to have tiny houses constructed. According to the organization, there were just about 3,902 homeless veterans in Los Angeles at the last count in 2021. They had been living in tents lined along the streets for the longest time. But the tiny homes donated by the bodybuilder came fully equipped with a bed, heating, and air conditioning.

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A wonderful Christmas gift not just for the veterans but also for himself. He said in an interview with Fox, “It’s a great Christmas gift for me because it makes me feel good that I was able to do something for these very very special people. The veterans that have served this country so well. And that I could do something for this country.”


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To make this happen, the team worked with the federal government, the state, the ministry, the city, and the locals. The collective efforts made it possible to erect these fully equipped homes and provide a permanent home for the veterans.

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Schwarzenegger tweeted out in celebration

Arnold Schwarzenegger took to Twitter to celebrate the achievement, posting pictures of him touring the tiny homes and thanking his partners for the project. “Today, I celebrated Christmas early. The 25 homes I donated for homeless veterans were installed here in LA. It was fantastic to spend some time with our heroes and welcome them into their new homes,” Schwarzenegger wrote.

“I want to thank @villageforvets for arranging the homes and being a fantastic partner, @secvetaffairs, @amvetshq, and everyone who worked with us and made this possible. We proved that when we all work together, we can solve any problem.”


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The Terminator star holds the issue very near to his heart. He believes that through efficient planning and execution, America can house every single one of its homeless. Schwarzenegger has spent a lot of his time and money on charitable efforts. The bodybuilder donated a million dollars to ship masks to hospitals. He’s also been an advocate for the Special Olympics. 


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The seven-time Mr. Olympia champion has donated to Jewish human rights nonprofits, anti-hate nonprofits, habitat for humanity, children’s hospitals, and organizations that work to end human trafficking. Schwarzenegger has always been a big believer in giving back to the community.

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Mansi Jain

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Mansi Jain is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She has a Bachelor's degree in Multimedia and Mass Communication from the University of Delhi and has also previously interned for HT Media. She is always one mention of Yuzuru Hanyu away from delivering an hour-long speech about the athlete's legacy.