January was a very good month for our lodge collecting clothing, books, shoes and toiletries for our veterans! I’m happy to report we collected and delivered $8,212 of those items. Our total since April 1st, the beginning of our lodge year, is $61,754 in material and financial donations for our Southern Arizona veterans. Travelers, don’t forget to save for us the small toiletries from your motels/hotels rooms. Our next collection is on Wednesday, February 12th at 1 PM on the patio.
The green barrel in the lounge is for any donations you wish to make for either the Homeless Vets or for our HUD - VASH Vets.
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! On my last delivery a vet approached me and asked if he could have some gloves. I was standing right next to my truck and said I’m not sure I have any. I turned around and there they were four pair of gloves sitting right top of an open bag. He picked out a pair smiled, thanked me and went on his way.
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 but unfortunately they cannot buy the items I mentioned above with 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.
Co-Chairs, Belinda Waller and Bob Kielsa
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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