Donation for Homeless Veterans Available Across Maine On October 29

BRUNSWICK and TOGUS (October 27 and 29, 2011): Volunteers of America Northern New England and the Disabled Veterans National Foundation are making critical supplies available at no cost to homeless veterans and veterans in need across Maine.

The donation – a full semi-truckload provided by the Disabled Veterans National Foundation – included 874 cases of blankets, new clothes, underwear, hats, shampoo and body wash, bottled water, canvas bags, and more. The total value of this in-kind donation is estimated at $145,000. These items are in great need, especially as winter approaches.

MEDIA INVITATION: We invite you to join us at the Togus Stand Down on Saturday, October 29th as our volunteers and donors distribute these donated items to homeless veterans.

The Stand Down event is made possible across the country by the department of Veterans Affairs. The event, held at Togus, is an opportunity for Maine veterans to meet with many different experts on topics such as medical care, employment, housing, and other support with the goal of becoming independent.

Stand Down runs on October 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be a ceremony at 9:00 a.m. to kick-off the event and it will begin winding down by 1:30 p.m. Opportunities for interviews with homeless veterans and participating members of Maine’s Congressional Delegation will be available. (A detailed flyer is attached.)

“This is an amazing donation – one of the largest ever made to homeless veterans in Maine,” said June Koegel, President and CEO or Volunteers of America.

“The need for these items is great. Coordinating their distribution is a perfect example of our mission to bring groups together to serve those in need. We are grateful to the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, our distribution partners and our volunteers for helping to make these items available free to Maine veterans. The future potential for additional donations has us very excited for Maine’s veterans.”

To learn more all about DVNF, you may want to to go to their web pages.