Hundreds of veterans are among a very visible homeless population in Austin, Texas, and the American Red Cross Central Texas Region aims to provide support. “It is important for the Red Cross to actively talk about, talk with and provide services to homeless veterans,” said Sara Kennedy, regional director of communications for the Red Cross Central Texas Region, “to make sure they’re not pushed to the side.”
With the help of many who gave of their time and their money, the Red Cross of Central Texas distributed tote bags filled with toiletries, blankets and t-shirts to many of the city’s homeless veterans. It’s part of American Red Cross service and support to members of the military, veterans and their families.
Totes of Hope, as the project is called, began with gathering the comfort items. Partnering merchants and volunteers contributed needed goods such as socks and toothpaste—or donated funds with which to make purchases. Community Boy Scouts sorted the closet-full of merchandise and stuffed the tote bags.
Then members of the Austin High Red Cross School Club, together with members of the school’s football team, passed out the totes to veterans at the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless.Bring comfort to homeless veterans.
“With these hygiene kits the Red Cross, in a small way, is able to be a part of the community response to homelessness,” Kennedy said.
You, too, can be a part of the response to support homeless veterans. Give the gift of Hygiene Kits to comfort the more than 100,000 former U.S. service men and women who are homeless on any given night.