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Posted 10/16/2012

Release no. 12-1001

Sean McBride

Who: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Charleston District, representing the Federal Executives Association, will be presenting donated toiletries to the Veteran’s Administration.

What:  A donation of collected toiletry items from the Federal Executives Association to the Veteran’s Administration to distribute during their 13th annual Stand Down Against Homelessness event on October 18-19 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

When: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.

Where: Armory Park, 5000 Lackawanna Blvd., North Charleston, SC

Why: Throughout 2012, the Federal Executives Association (FEA), made up of XXX federal agencies in the Charleston area, has been collecting toiletry items for use in donating to the Veteran’s Administration for their 13th annual Stand Down Against Homelessness event on October 18-19 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. The FEA has collected various items such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste, mouth wash and much more. Volunteers then packaged the items into approximately 525 individual kits to be handed out to homeless persons at the event. Combined with 500 kits from the Visually Impaired Veterans and 500 kits from the Charleston AFB Chapel Community, the event will be able to distribute at least 1,525 kits!

Stand Down Against Homelessness is put on by the Ralph H. Johnson Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina. In its 13th year, the event offers free medical and dental screenings and assistance, clothing, food, haircuts, and job and legal counseling for hundreds of homeless persons in the greater Charleston area.

Contact: Information on toiletry donations- Sean McBride- sean.o.mcbride@usace.army.mil

                Information on Stand Down event- Tonya Lobbestael- tonya.lobbestael@va.gov