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2010-02-04 / General Stories

Red Cross to Collect Goods For Homeless Veterans

The Red Cross of Central Texas announces the beginning of the Red Tote of Hope initiative. A cornerstone of the Red Cross mission is to support and serve the men and women of the American Armed Forces. As part of this mission The Red Tote of Hope aims to help homeless veterans by providing them with comfort items for daily living.

The Red Cross is asking the public to donate ONLY NEW ITEMS FROM THE APPROVED LIST. These items will be put in red totes and given to homeless veterans in the Central Texas area. Donations will be accepted February 1st through the 25th. People interested in donating items can do so at the American Red Cross of Central Texas chapter located at 2218 Pershing Dr., Austin, Texas.

Approved items include NEW Socks, Toothbrushes/toothpaste, Plastic caddy for toothbrushes, Dental floss, Deodorant, Liquid soap, Hand sanitizer, Disposable razors/shaving cream, Nail clippers, 1st aid kits, Combs/ brushes, Rain ponchos, Fleece throws, Flashlights, Tissues, Antibacterial ointment, Baby wipes or hand wipes, Batteries, Band aids, Deck of cards, Bus tokens and Pocket pack facial tissues.

“Some of the most important work we do at the Red Cross is our service to the military,” said Elaine Acker, CEO of the Central Texas Chapter. “The Red Tote of Hope is one small way that we can give back to those who have given so much. It is a chance for everyone in Central Texas to say thank you to those who have served.”

The Central Texas Red Cross helps five to six military families every day. Services range from financial assistance to relaying emergency messages between deployed soldiers to their families. Those wishing to make a financial donation to the Central Texas Red Cross can visit www.centex.redcross.org, call 512- 928-4271 or send or bring a check to 2218 Pershing Drive, Austin, TX 78723.

For further information please contact Marty McKellips at (512) 929-1293 or Amir Roohi at (512) 929-1221.

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