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Yakima Siblings Start "Coins for Canes" to Help Veterans in Need

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As we head into the season of giving, two Yakima siblings are taking it one step further. As we head into the season of giving, two Yakima siblings are taking it one step further.

YAKIMA, WA -- As we head into the season of giving, two Yakima siblings are taking it one step further.

James Swearngin introduces himself to a brother and sister who only want to help veterans like himself move around a little bit easier.

"I don't need to fall no more," said Swearngin.

"I figured that a stars and stripes {cane} one for the Veterans would add a little go, a little pride in their step," said David Selberg.

For Selberg and his sister Roberta Otterstein this is a happy moment. They recently started a non-profit called "Coins For Canes," collecting money in jars and selling pencils to raise funds for purchasing canes. On Monday,  they handed over their first cane to a well deserving man.

"I feel a sense of pride," said Selberg. "It was a veteran that's done a lot for veterans in the valley. He's been in three wars. He's like meeting a hero."

"How do I like it? I think that's a great one, and I really like it," said Swearngin.

Swearngin said he often visits other veterans in nursing homes, and he left with several more canes in hand.

"They'll be some that wants one of these," said Swearngin.

Freedom Medical Supplies in Yakima is a big part of making this possible. They're purchasing the canes with the money collected and using their store space to hold them for local veterans in need.

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