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Rotary District 6450 Won’t let Homeless Vets Down

When District Governor Pat Merryweather told Rotarians in District 6450 the sad statistics about of homeless veterans in the Chicago area, we did what Rotarians do – promised to make a difference this winter.

Over 40% of the homeless in Chicago are veterans. Many have been on the streets for years. Last year, on Stand Down Day, when the Veterans organizations distribute medical supplies and winter coats, over 875 homeless veterans showed up.  There were less than 80 coats available for them.

This year, during the months leading up to November 9th Stand Down Day, the Orland Park Rotary Club, along with many of the other clubs in the district, are collecting “gently used” coats, hats, gloves, and scarfs so that no veteran will be turned away!

We are asking you to help us make that goal happen. Please consider donating a warm winter coat, men’s gloves, hats or scarf. We have two locations in the Orland Park/Palos Heights area for drop off, or we would be happy to accept them directly from you and take them to the drop off location.

On November 8th, volunteers will take the donations from all of the drop off locations and bring them to the Chicago Armory to sort and get ready for the following day. On the 9th, more volunteers are needed to help outfit the men for winter.

If we exceed the number of coats needed for the homeless veterans, the additional clothing will be given to the various veterans clinics for distributions to other veterans in need.

TO learn more about this, please go to District 6450 web site. You can also contact Assistant Governor Melanie Jones at griffisjones@msn.com or by phone at 708-305-3680.

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