Operation Stand Down Collecting Pennies to Help Veterans

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – There is an effort underway to collect pennies to help some 300 local homeless veterans.

Operation Stand Down started its Pennies for Veterans fundraiser on Friday, April 18th.  Organizers are asking people to donate their pennies or spare change to help their mission take care of veterans in need.

Operation Stand Down just moved into a new office at 4000 Marie Avenue.

The new location will provide veterans access to a shower, clothes, food and other basic necessities.

Operation Stand Down is staffed by volunteers and supported by donations and grant money.  The group’s focus is to help veterans who are having trouble adjusting to civilian life get back on their feet and live independently.

Sandra Childress is vice president for the organization and says 80 percent of veterans they help are able to come off of the streets.

The Pennies for Veterans fundraiser will continue through May 9th.  If you’d like to donate, you can drop the money off at the new office on Marie Avenue or call the organization for someone to pick it up.  Contact Sandra Childress at (256) 684-6521.



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