CUMMING, GA – With the cold temperatures and freezing winds of winter ahead, AboutFace-USA in Cumming has invited several other organizations to volunteer to fill backpacks for homeless veterans.
About Face-USA and eight local groups gathered in the Foreign War Veterans Hall in Cumming to fill backpacks with new underwear, T-shirts, socks, gloves, hats, scarves and emergency sleeping bags. Blankets, coats, toiletries and food items were also packed for veterans with no place to live.
Veterans of the foreign wars post 9143 and auxiliaries, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1030, American Legion Post 307, NAACP, Five Star Painting, Lanier-Forsyth Rotary, Midway United Methodist Church, Cumming First United Methodist participated in the preparation of the backpack. Church and several volunteers not affiliated with any organization.
A total of 160 backpacks were filled and delivered to two locations at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Gateway Center’s Veterans, Veterans Empowerment Organization, and Minority Veterans of America, all in Atlanta. Homeless veterans often seek help in these places.
Prior to distribution, these establishments were contacted to determine the number of backpacks needed.
“We also care about the homeless veterans in Forsyth County, but there is no facility here for the homeless veterans, so we will be distributing the backpacks on an individual basis,” said AboutFace-USA President Carol LaBranche.
Involving different local organizations in the project demonstrates the community’s appreciation for the service and sacrifice of all veterans and compassion for homeless veterans.
“This effort clearly demonstrates the power and benefits of veterans and the community working together,” said Joe LaBranche, founder of About Face-USA.
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