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Stocking up for Stand Downs

01/21/13

Clothes, backpacks and hygiene items are needed for homeless veterans!  These items will be distributed by Angel volunteers at VA Stand Downs around the country in coming months.

Stand Downs are partnership efforts between the VA and nonprofit/community organizations to provide services to homeless veterans. They are typically one-to-three-day events providing services such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services.  

More than 200 Stand Downs take place across the country every year with the philosophy of "a hand up, not a hand out."  That hand up is made possible each year by the dedication of thousands of volunteers and numerous sponsors, including Soldiers' Angels.

Items needed for Soldiers' Angels to share at Stand Downs include:

Backpacks
Body Wash (or Bar Soap)
Shampoo
Razors
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Deodorant
Towel
Wash Cloth
Blanket
T-shirts
Briefs/Boxers
Socks
Leisure pants/sweat pants

For the shipping address of a Stand Down that needs these items, email veterans@soldiersangels.org.

From time spent preparing or implementing the role of Soldiers' Angels in these Stand Downs, to donations of hygiene items and backpacks for the homeless veterans they serve, you are needed!  To see how you can get involved with one of the hundreds of Stand Downs near you, contact your nearest VA Volunteer Services Office.  You can also join the VA Support Team by logging in to www.approvedangels.com if you're already an Angel.


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