Dealership gives $20,000 to tiny house project for veterans

YEAR THAT NEARLY MADE THEM PUT THE BRAKES ON THEIR CHARITABLE GIVING.

THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE AT MERCEDES BENZ OF MANCHESTER AFTER VANDALS STOLE TIRES AND RIMS FROM CARS.

THE DAMAGE, AN ESTIMATED $20,000.

BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT UPSET GENERAL MANAGER JOEL GINSBURG THE MOST.

THE DEALERSHIP HAD BEEN USING A PORTION OF SALES PROCEEDS TO BUILD SO CALLED TINY HOMES, LIKE THIS ONE, FOR FOR HOMELESS VETERANS.

>> IT'S A VERY EMOTIONAL THING FOR MYSELF AND MY WIFE AND I TO BE INVOLVED WITH THE VETS TO HELP OUT.

SHELLEY: TINY HOUSE AT THE DEALERSHIP THAT MEASURES JUST EIGHT FEET I-8 FEET, WAS ALSO VANDALIZED.

BUT TODAY A VERY DIFFERENT MOOD AT THE DEALERSHIP.

THE GENERAL MANAGER SAYS OUR STORY ON THE CRIME BROUGHT IN THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN DONATIONS.

TODAY, THE DEALERSHIP PRESENTED THIS CHECK FOR $20,000 TO THE VETERAN RESORT CHAPEL.

>> WE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE STOP BY AND DONATE MONEY.

IT IS A SMALL TOKEN OF WHAT THESE PEOPLE HAVE DONE FOR US TO GIVE BACK TO THEM AND THEY WILL BE ABLE TO BUILD THREE OR FOUR MORE HOMES ON THE LAND THEY DONATED.

WE ARE THRILLED TO BE PART OF IT.

SHELLEY: AND THE VETERANS ARE GRATEFUL.

>> THEY GIVE A HOMELESS COMBAT VETERAN A PLACE OF THEIR OWN WHERE THEY CAN GO TO GET AWAY FROM EVERYWHERE ELSE AND TALK TO GOD OR WHOEVER THEY WANT AND FIND THEMSELVES.

SHELLEY: THE VETERAN'S RESORT CHAPEL IS SITUATED ON 11 ACRES IN LEE AND IS NOT WITHOUT SOME CONTROVERSY.