The 5th annual Stand Up for Stand Down toiletry drive for Georgia’s homeless veterans will take place July 4 through Sept. 5. Sponsored by the Georgia district Pilot International Clubs and Georgia Cancer Specialists, affiliated with Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, the drive collects much-needed toiletry and personal care items to fill “comfort bags” for veterans who attend Stand Down events throughout North and Central Georgia.
“Stand Down” is a military term that refers to the time when troops are brought back from the battlefield for rest and recuperation. Each year, Stand Down events across the country provide health care and other services to help thousands of homeless Veterans get back on their feet.
The 2015 Stand Up for Stand Down drive collected toiletry items to fill more than 1,500 comfort bags for homeless vets in Georgia.
Travel/sample-size toiletry and personal care items are needed including toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer, combs/brushes, body wash/soap, shampoo and conditioner, lotion and feminine products.
Donations can be dropped off at any of the 27 Georgia Cancer Specialists locations in Georgia. Some of the locations include:
5700 Hillandale Drive, Building 200, Suite 250, Lithonia, 770-981-5431
1501 Milstead Road, Suite 110, Conyers, 770-760-9949
2712 Lawrenceville Highway, Decatur,(Stemmer Building) 770-496-5555
550 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 1185, Atlanta, 404-223-0792
For a list of all of locations throughout the state, visit www.gacancer.com (see locations).
For more information about the Stand Up for Stand Down drive, call 770-864-5347 or visit www.facebook.com/SU4SD.