KANSAS CITY, MO – Heart of America Stand Down officials estimate there are some 1,400 homeless Veterans around the Kansas City metro, which is not acceptable. That’s why Jackson County is holding a donation drive, in support of the upcoming Stand Down event.
“America needs to keep its promises to our Veterans and take care of them when they return home,” said County Executive Mike Sanders. “These donations represent one small way we can make a contribution to those who have served our country with honor.”
The first round of Jackson County donations, including boots, will be dropped off at 7:00 a.m. Friday by County Executive Sanders and other employees. It is interesting to note, June 6 marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France.
In the military, Stand Down means a brief break from fighting. Troops get rest, warm meals, relief from battle fatigue and fellowship.
Some of the needed items include toothpaste, deodorant and shaving cream. The county is also hosting a Jeans Day program to collect money for boots for Veterans. Employees can donate $5 and wear jeans to work.
Set for June 6 & 7 at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, the Stand Down event focuses on giving Vets a “hand up.” In addition to the donations and a hot meal, Veterans will also have access to over 75 community service organizations. Focusing on short term and long term resources, some of the services include legal and housing assistance, employment opportunities, educational benefits and even haircuts.
While Stand Down doesn’t officially start until 7 a.m., organizers say lines start forming as early as 6 a.m. They are expecting to help 500-700 Veterans during the two day event.
Jackson County Stand Down Donation drop off – 7:00 a.m. June 6Scottish Temple - 1330 Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO