A trailer full of household items intended for veterans’ use is still missing after it was stolen Christmas Day.

The trailer of donations was set to be delivered to Ron Hernandez, the founder of Moving Veterans Forward, at his warehouse in Papillion. The nonprofit provides items such as furniture to formerly homeless veterans who recently have been placed in homes by other agencies.

Hernandez, the nonprofit’s founder, said Wednesday that he and other veterans noticed on the day after Christmas that the trailer was gone. They checked security video and saw that a lock had been broken and the trailer taken by thieves.

“If (the robbers) realize what these items are for, just park the trailer where somebody can find it,” Hernandez said. “This stuff was intended for people that really needed the help, and you’re taking stuff from people that don’t have anything.”

The trailer is about 10 feet long with a V-nose. It had Virginia license plates and is painted white with black stickers on all four corners. Hernandez said he borrowed it from a fellow American Legion member and friend and is collecting money to replace it.

Hernandez’s organization is continuing to help move veterans, including three on Wednesday and four set to move on Thursday.

“Our organization’s going to take a little bit of a hit because we’re relying on those donations,” Hernandez said. “There are items that we could really be using right now.”

Alia Conley covers breaking news, crime, crime trends, the Omaha Police Department and initial court hearings. Follow her on Twitter @aliavalentine. Phone: 402-444-1068.

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