The sixth annual Stand Up for Stand Down toiletry drive for Georgia’s homeless Veterans kicks off May 29 (Memorial Day) through August 11.
Sponsored by the Georgia District Pilot International Clubs and Georgia Cancer Specialists, affiliated with Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, the drive collects much-needed toiletry and personal care items to fill “comfort bags” for Veterans who attend Stand Down events throughout North and Central Georgia.
“Stand Down” is a military term that refers to the time when troops are brought back from the battlefield for rest and recuperation. Each year, Stand Down events across the country provide health care and other services to help thousands of homeless Veterans get back on their feet. The 2016 Stand Up for Stand Down drive collected more than 10 thousand pounds of toiletry items to fill more than 2,000 comfort bags for homeless vets in Georgia.
Travel/sample-size toiletry and personal care items are needed including toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer, combs/brushes, body wash/soap, shampoo and conditioner, lotion and feminine products. Donations can be dropped off at any of the 26 Georgia Cancer Specialists locations in Georgia. For a list of locations, visit www.gacancer.com.
For more information about the Stand Up for Stand Down drive or to volunteer sorting, call 770-864-5347 or visit www.facebook.com/SU4SD.
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