THE HOMELESS HEROES PROGRAM IS HOLDING IT'S FIRST NATIONAL FUNDRAISER,
THE BACK PACK PROJECT
The Homeless Heroes Program of VFC is holding it's first national fundraiser, in hopes of educating communities throughout the United States and helping as many homeless Veterans or Veterans in need as possible.
Nationwide, United States, October 31, 2010-- There are over a hundred thousand Veterans on America's streets. The Homeless Heroes Program, Veterans For Change's newest program, run by National Director, Nissa LaPointe, of Atlanta, GA and Fundraising Coordinator, Debbie McCormick of Stuart's Draft, VA are holding the Back Pack Project and are accepting donated items to fill the Back Packs with, that will be later passed out to homeless Veterans and Veterans in need.
Toiletries such as:
TRIAL SIZES: SHAMPOO, BODY WASH, BARS OF SOAP, TOOTH PASTE, TOOTH BRUSHES, POWDER, HAND LOTION, CLOTHING, T-SHIRTS- (SIZE LARGE-X-LARGE), SOCKS-( 8-12), UNDER WEAR ( MEDIUM THRU X-LARGE), THERMAL LONG SLEEVE SHIRTS (LARGE- X-LARGE), LONG JOHNS (MEDIUM THRU X-LARGE), HATS, GLOVES, FLASH LIGHTS, PLAYING CARDS, UNO, SCRABBLE (SMALL SIZE), CROSS WORD PUZZLES, WRITING MATERIAL, PAPER, PENS, ENVELOPES, STAMPS (FOREVER ONES), POST CARDS, BOXED CHRISTMAS CARDS, BOXED SNACKS, TRAIL MIX, NUTS, DRINK MIXES (THE ONES YOU PUT IN BOTTLE WATER) LIKE GATORADE, POWER AIDE, BOOKS, SMALL BIBLES, DAILY DEVOTIONS, BACK PACKS, GIFT CARDS- (WALMART, TARGET , KROGER, ,ETC), GAS CARDS, FAST FOOD CARDS (MCDONALDS, BURGER KING, SUBWAY,ETC).
"I was on the street for a while after Active Duty and have done Outreach in Atlanta, GA and Jacksonville, FL. I have talked to many homeless Veterans they don't expect anything from anyone and are very grateful to get the littlest thing like even a smile and warm greeting. This project will be quite a surprise that I am sure they will be grateful for. These are people who have at one time taken an oath to protect and defend our country, helping us keep and live in our Freedom and for whatever reason are homeless. Most of society has turned their back, but we can not.", Director Nissa LaPointe said with tears welling, as she recalls having almost dies in her vehicle in 2005.
The Back Pack Project is being held until it is able to generate at least 100 back packs. Donated items have been sparce. Nissa and Debbie say that in order for this Program and it's projects to be a success, much compassion is needed by everyone who care about our Veterans and want to help our returning Troops who face homelessness. If Everyone took a trip to the dollar stores or to any store selling inexpensive toiletries or donated a dollar for these folks to purchase the items it would be of great help.
Nissa and Debbie have several years of knowledge and experience between them, helping homeless Veterans and Troops in need. They ask that everyone please assist them with this project and future projects to come in hopes of making this Program a success.
Donated items can be mailed to:
73 YARMOUTH RD
STUARTS DRAFT, VIRGINIA 24477-3310
3335 RIVIERA DRIVE
CUMMING, GA. 30041