In March, we had three goodsized deliveries to our homeless veterans. Our committee, with the help of many Elks dropping items off in the Pod we use, has delivered clothing, books, shoes and toiletries for our veterans worth $9,167 for March. Our total since April 1st, 2019, the beginning of our lodge year, is $69,612 in material and financial donations for our Southern Arizona veterans. Travelers, don’t forget to save for us the small toiletries from your motel/ hotel rooms. Our next collection is on Wednesday, April 8th at 1 PM on the patio. Depending on how well we as a nation are able to affect the spread of the Coronavirus, we may not be counting and delivering to the homeless veterans in April. As many of you may know, the veterans drop-off site has been shut down till further notice. Please use the drop-off pod in our back parking lot for your donation as usual, and we will make an announcement in the lodge when we will be able to continue with our service to our homeless veterans.
The green barrel in the lounge is still available for any donations you wish to make for either the Homeless Vets or for our HUD - VASH Vets, when we reopen.
Homeless vets always need t-shirts, socks, underwear, jackets and back packs. At this time of year they can use gloves and warm hats to deal with our cold weather!
HUD - VASH vets need toilet paper, laundry and dish soap, paper towels, washcloths, trash bags, mops/brooms and floor cleaner. These veterans receive food stamps to help them ; unfortunately, they cannot buy the items I mentioned above with their food stamps. Bigger items may be placed in the POD in the parking lot, which is always unlocked for any contribution you wish to make.
I’m happy to report that the Stand Down event for homeless veterans was a HUGE success. Thanks to Dan Bradshaw (our Elk of the year), we had more than enough member veterans to meet the needs of packing back packs, setting up all 220 packs for the event, and passing out those packs to veterans. Great teamwork everyone!
My name is David Sides and I'm a member of the Outreach Department for The Pleural Mesothelioma Center.
Countless veterans are currently suffering from life-threatening illnesses that are a result of exposure to asbestos, a material that was commonly used in hundreds of military applications, products, and ships because of its resistance to fire. Veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma even qualify for special benefits from the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs.
We recently published an educational guide about pleural mesothelioma, the most common type of mesothelioma.
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