Christmas came a little early for a group of disabled veterans on the Grand Strand thanks to Horry County Councilman Paul Price.
At the December 10 County Council meeting, Price gave $15,000 to the Disabled American Veterans Grand Strand Chapter 30 to buy a new van used to take those who've served to doctor's appointments at the Ralph H. Johnson Department of Veteran Affairs in Charleston.
Price also donated $5,000 to help homeless veterans in Horry County.
The money came from Price's recreational fund, which is something every council member has to use for whatever he or she chooses.
Carroll Prosser, Commander of the Disabled American Veterans Grand Strand Chapter 30, never expected to be given all of that money going into Tuesday's council meeting.
"I was expecting to come out with maybe $1,500- $2,000," Prosser, a Vietnam veteran said.
Their current van has 160,000 miles on it and travels 5 days a week with more than 9 veterans each day.
He said his chapter has been holding fundraisers for the past few months in order to try and earn enough money, but Price's donation gave them everything they could ever ask for.
"There's nothing I could say or do that would say thank you enough to Councilman Price," Prosser said.
Price, a Marine Corps and Air Force veteran himself, couldn't have been happier to make the donation.
"The DAV is a great service to the veterans at no charge, and this is just a way of recognizing the services they provide to all the veterans in the county. I salute Commander Prosser and the DAV for their efforts," Price.
The van is scheduled to arrive next spring.
Click HERE to learn more about the services provided by the Disabled American Veterans Grand Strand Chapter 30.