Helping homeless veterans in the ValleyPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- Michael Hendrickson, 22, served in the U.S. Army. But he never expected to spend Veterans Day at the Phoenix Rescue Mission.
East Valley Firefighter Charities and our Fire Departments are partnering with a project called Arizona StandDown for homeless Veterans: www.arizonastanddown.org. Beginning on Veteran's day every Firehouse in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Apache Junction, Salt River and FT. McDowell will be receiving boxes for the purpose of collecting specific clothing items for Veteran's experiencing difficulties. We will be asking members of our communities to stop by any of their Firehouses to donate the following very specific items:
• Packages of new underwear
• Packagers of new socks
• New sweatpants
• New or gently used jeans
These are THE ONLY ITEMS ACCEPTED. In addition we are strongly urging all of our Fire Department personnel and retirees to pitch in. This effort will continue through the end of the year.
We are very proud of our efforts to support our Veterans and we look forward to helping make a difference for those who have boldly served our nation at home and abroad.
Please address all questions and inquiries to Art Sloane, Executive Board of Arizona StandDown at firstname.lastname@example.org.