Operation Stand Down Feeds, Houses 80 Homeless Vets Over Weekend

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By Paul Huggins | phuggins@al.com homeless_stand down

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Eighty homeless veterans participated in the eighth annual Operation Stand Down Huntsville that ended Sunday.
“It went very well,” said Sandra Childress, vice president of the Huntsville branch of the organization. “We gave them clothes, hot food, a place to sleep and shower, some rest and relaxation. They got to watch TV and be entertained. And they got to meet with service providers from the area.”
Some also got individual attention, such as haircuts, manicures and medical care, she said.
The event was staged from True Light Church of God in Christ, 6380 Pulaski Pike. Friday morning, vans retrieved veterans from known homeless campsites or from homes of the veterans’ friends who are housing them temporarily. Meals were provided by Grandma Dear Dear’s restaurant. HEMSI assisted by checking in and guarding all prescriptions the veterans brought and then administered the medicine at prescribed times.
Donations from the community during the past year paid for the event, which cost $4,000.
The 80 attendees, which included four females, such as Patricia Andrews, were down from the 110 participants (eight females) from last year.

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