Homeless Stand Down requesting donations

Extreme cold worries shelter operators

CLEVELAND - The 23rd Homeless Stand Down will take place on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Cleveland Public Auditorium from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. In order to make it a success, donations are needed.

"Winter clothing, coats, boots, and personal hygiene products are need for men, women, and children" said Carole Anthony, coordinator for Homeless Stand Down.

The central dropoff location is the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ. The church is located at 2592 W. 14 Street in Cleveland. Donations will be accepted from 1-3 p.m.on January 11, 12, 18, 19. On Monday January 20, you can drop off donations between 10 a.m.-Noon, and from 5::30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. On January 21-23, donation hours are 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Donations will also be accepted at Cleveland Public Auditorium on Friday, Jan. 24 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

The original Stand Down for homeless veterans was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. At a secure base camp, troops were able to shower, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, and send and receive letters from home. Stand Down gave battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to respite, renewal and reconnection to family and friends. The first domestic Stand Down was held in San Diego in 1988 as an outreach initiative to homeless veterans.

The first Homeless Stand Down in Cleveland was held in the summer of 1991 at the Cuyahoga Community College Metropolitan Campus. Since the beginning, the Cleveland HSD has been unique in that the event welcomes all citizens facing homelessness (individuals and families), not just homeless veterans.

Anyone interested in volunteering can call 216-432-9390.

HandsOn Northeast Ohio is a partner with Homeless Stand Down.

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