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Homeless Veterans Need Your Help, Heather Carroll Explains One Solution and How You Can Help, Too!

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There are many men and women who bravely and faithfully served this country.  And they need our help.  Homelessness among military veterans is nearly an epidemic. 

Now through Thursday, November 4th, you can donate much-needed items to fill backpacks for homeless military veterans who are staying temporarily at the Siena/Francis House.

Items can be dropped off at Bellevue University’s Military Veteran Services Center at 2108 Harvell Drive in Bellevue, Nebraska.  The backpacks will be presented to the Siena Francis House staff and residents on Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Siena/Francis House’s annual Veterans Day celebration.

Heather Carroll, Manager of the Military Veteran Services Center at Bellevue University, is heading up this project and she joined Mike Hogan to discuss the critical needs of homeless veterans.  In fact, locally, several hundred military veterans seek shelter at the Siena/ Francis House each year; while nationally, about 20 percent of all homeless persons are veterans.  You can help. 

link to more information is below as well as a list of items needed to fill the backpacks of our veterans.   https://news.bellevue.edu/donations-needed-to-fill-100-backpacks-for-homeless-military-veterans/

Items For Men's Backpacks 

  • Blanket/Poncho – order this item online at Amazon and have it delivered directly to the MVSC.
  • Winter hats, Heavy winter gloves multiple sizing, Neck scarves
  • Shampoo and Conditioner, Deodorant, Shaving Cream, Razors, Lip Balm
  • Large Toe Nail Clippers, Nail clippers
  • Hand and Feet Warmers
  • Hand and body lotion
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Masks

Items for Women's Backpacks 

  • Winter hats 
  • Winter gloves 
  • Winter socks 
  • Feminine products
  • Leggings multiple sizing please

The following link can be used to purchase items wholesale: https://www.backpacksusa.com/

All cash donations will go toward purchasing snacks and hand and foot warmers and any other specialty items identified.

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Heather Carroll