Homeless Veterans Clothing Drive Now Underway

Published 3:28 pm Tuesday, November 6, 2012

For Tom Hicks of the VFW Post 7059 in Farmville, every day is Veterans Day.

With the help of the local VFW Post, Hicks is once again spearheading the Homeless Veterans Clothing Drive.

“For the past decade our country has been at war,” Hicks stated. “The veterans of these conflicts have returned home to find a failing economy with high unemployment and a home mortgage crises. Many have not been able to find jobs and afford a home.”

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Hicks added that the estimate of homeless veterans nationwide is about 68,000.

From now through December 11, Hicks is collecting clothing that will be distributed to homeless veterans at McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond.

“Winter is the most difficult season for the homeless, and it is fast approaching,” Hicks added. “We can help by donating cold weather clothing. The best way to keep warm is by wearing layers of clothes, so large sizes give the most benefit.”

The following items are suggested: winter coats (check you closets for those no longer in use), gloves, stocking caps (large fits all), under shorts (size large or larger), socks (full length, high top, large). Other helpful items include quilted vests or insulated underwear. Large backpacks are also very useful. Clothing for women and children will also be accepted.

Local collection points include: Prospect Diner, Farm Bureau in Farmville, Main Street Lanes, Kickin' Country (WVHL) Radio Station, or the VFW Hall every Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monetary donations can be sent to VFW Post 7059, 1616 Graham Rd., Farmville, 23901 (please indicate Homeless Veterans Clothing Drive).

For further information contact Tom Hicks, 574-4961.