Chicago cop leads effort to renovate struggling veteran’s newsstand

Air Force veteran Anthony Johnson has been selling newspapers from a beat up stand, so Lt. John Garrido decided to assist him

By Police1 Staff

CHICAGO — After a Chicago police officer went on Facebook Live asking volunteers to help an Air Force veteran renovate his newsstand, the community answered the call and spent weeks transforming the stand.



Posted by John Garrido on Sunday, November 5, 2017

WGN-TV reports that Chicago Police Lt. John Garrido first met veteran Anthony Johnson about a year ago. Johnson has been selling newspapers out of a beaten up newsstand at a local corner for the past seven years. After getting to know the veteran, Garrido decided to lend him a hand and provide him with a better place to sell his newspapers.

Johnson said he makes about $120 a week from selling newspapers and often has to sleep indoors. So, Garrido also decided to set up a GoFundMe account for the veteran to raise money for living expenses.

After several weeks of work from volunteers, the veteran’s new and improved newsstand will be unveiled on Thursday night.

Garrido is no stranger to helping others. He and his wife also run the Garrido Stray Rescue Foundation, which supports “no kill” community coalitions helping cats and dogs find homes. His efforts have helped countless stray pets. 

Police officer and volunteers rebuild news stand to help veter...

Chicago Police Lieutenant John Garrido and a group of volunteers came together to rebuild a newspaper stand on the Northwest Side - all to help 60 year-old Air Force veteran Anthony Johnson get back on his feet. The finished newspaper stand will be unveiled at 5:30pm on Thursday at the corner of Milwaukee and Faragut. You can contribute to the GoFundMe that was set up to help with Anthony's living expenses at

Posted by Marcus Leshock on Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Chicago Police Department Lt. John Garrido is the "Dog Father" of #Chicago. Him and his team recently rescued pitbull mix, Emerald, who had 11 puppies on Thanksgiving Day. If you're interested in adopting Emerald and her puppies, reach out to SerendiPittie Rescue. As for Cowboy, the 2 year-old pit mix, he's also up for adoption at Chicago Pet Rescue. Help us help them find a home!

Posted by You & Me on Friday, January 6, 2017



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