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Help U.S. Air Force Veteran DILLON MCCORMICK retire at 90!!!

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Today, Memorial Day, in 90-degree heat (with a heat index of 103(!) thanks to the humidity), I watched a 90-year-old UNITED STATES AIR FORCE VETERAN collect and push shopping carts at a Metairie, Louisiana grocery store. Back and forth, back and forth, stacking cart after cart, sometimes more than twenty at a time, Mr. Dillon McCormick pulled and pushed his way through the maze of cars. I watched a few others help him and thought the best way I might help would be to share his story. My name is Karen Swensen (Ronquillo) and I am a former news reporter in New Orleans, LA.

Mr. McCormick is working to EAT, he said. He needs $2500/month to live and says he only gets $1100 from social security. So he must push carts in triple digit heat to make ends meet. He had the kindest smile and greatest attitude. He is grateful for his job and his work ethic speaks for itself.

He pushes carts for HOURS. I met regular shoppers who say they see him doing this "all the time." Some, like a 73-year-old man with a limp, get out to help him. Many do double takes.

Mr. McCormick's mom lived to be 104. His said his grandmother was an Irish immigrant who came over to America in the late 1800's as an indentured servant after slavery was abolished. He is not afraid of hard work but he's tired. And hungry. And frustrated.

He is a veteran of the United States Military. It's Memorial Day. It's hot. Mr. McCormick was born in 1933, making him a part of the Silent Generation. Please, America, let us be his voice. We can do this. No donation is too small. If we could raise even enough for him to retire for a year, it's something. Thank you!

P.S. I set up the gofundme account for him in my married name that is why you'll see Karen Ronquillo. Sorry for any confusion.


  • Kim Gagen
    • $25 
    • 2 mos
  • Heather Platts
    • $20 
    • 2 mos
  • Casey Biggs
    • $25 
    • 2 mos
  • Fernando Aguilar
    • $25 
    • 2 mos
  • Sara Brigman
    • $20 
    • 2 mos

Organizer and beneficiary

Karen Swensen
New Orleans, LA
Dillon McCormick

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