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Toiletry drive under way for Georgia’s homeless veterans

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Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) and Northside Hospital have teamed up with the metro area Pilot International Clubs for the “Stand Up for Stand Down” toiletry drive for Georgia’s homeless veterans.

 

“Stand Down” is a military term that refers to the time when troops are brought back from the battlefield for rest and recuperation.

The drive will be held until Friday, Sept. 5 and items collected will be used to fill “comfort bags” for veterans.

 

Toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer, combs/brushes, body wash/soap, shampoo and conditioner, lotion and feminine products are needed for the bags. Travel and full-size items are accepted.

Twenty-seven GCS offices across Georgia – including 19 in metro Atlanta – will participate in this year’s drive. Organizers hope that more than 650 homeless veterans will be served through the drive.

 

“The donated items such as hygiene packets, clothing and food provide our veterans with basic necessities that many take for granted,” said April Edwards, LCSW, clinical director of Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program. “The dignity, concern and respect shown by the community shows our veterans that they have not been forgotten and the drive serves as a salute to them for serving our country and protecting our freedoms.”

 

Donations can be dropped off at any Georgia Cancer Specialists location in Georgia.  For a list of locations, visit http://www.gacancer.com. 678-485-8558.

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