April 12, 2019 – Local veterans' organizations are taking up a collection this month to help out their fellow vets that are homeless or in the hospital. They are asking the public for donations of underwear, shoes, and personal items, which will be delivered to the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital in Murfreesboro.
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #5772 and American Legion Post #190, both in Dunlap, are heading up the drive to collect items urgently needed at the VA Hospital, Legion spokesman Tom Egleston said this week.
“This drive will go through the end of May,” he said. “Donated items can be given to a member of either post, or dropped off at the Dunlap Police Department.”
According to Murfreesboro VA personnel, the following items are the most-requested items by their patients:
- Toiletries, specifically body wash and aerosol spray deodorant.
- Men's boxer shorts and white T-shirts, sizes M-2XL inclusive.
- Shoes – Shoes, sneakers, boots in all sizes, for both men and women (no flip-flops, shower shoes, etc.)
- Bottled water.
“Please note that due to changes in VA regulations, all clothing, including shoes, must be new,” Egleston said.
Last fall, a similar drive gathered over 80 cases of water and over 1,000 T-shirts, “which is due to the generosity of the residents of Sequatchie County,” Egleston said. “We know that, once again, our community will rally to help veterans in need.”