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Foothills Stand Down supports homeless veterans


Veteran organizations, medical personnel, social service representatives and community leaders from the Hickory area will hold a “Stand Down” event to provide services for homeless veterans, needy veterans and any other community members in need of help..

The event, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 20, is at the American Legion Fairgrounds (1127 US Highway 70 W) in Hickory.

The Stand Down will provide:

  • breakfast and lunch
  • healthcare screenings
  • dental and vision services
  • podiatry
  • nutrition and health education
  • social services
  • mental health/substance abuse services
  • clothing
  • sleeping bags, toiletries, boots and other military surplus items
  • Media Opportunity:

    Volunteers pledging their time to the stand-down will do a “walk-through” of the fairgrounds on Thursday, March 22.

    Organizers have reached out to homeless veterans in 10 counties: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Iredell, Lincoln, McDowell, Watauga and Wilkes. At least 250 veterans are expected to attend, and plans for transportation to and from the event are underway.

    Help Needed:

    The committee is looking for more medical doctors to volunteer their services during the event.

    Volunteers are also needed to help work during the event.

    Donations of items and money are needed to support efforts

    To donate warehouse space, money or materials, contact: Jim Starkey, Chair, foothillsstanddown@gmail.com or 719-2100-0187 or Larry McMullen, Vice-Chair, mcmullenlarry@hotmail.com or 828-320-2842

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please join our blog at http://redcrosshelps.org/crossblog.