Operation Stand Down treating homeless veterans to a weekend of free services in Huntsville
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Today brings the beginning of an important weekend for veterans in north Alabama who are homeless.
Operation Stand Down Huntsville is holding a weekend of activities for about 130 veterans who need a break from the streets.
The organization does this every year for homeless vets and usually sees about 130 homeless veterans from the area.
Volunteers go out in vans and pick up the veterans from various points in the city and bring them to True Light Church of God in Christ at 6380 Pulaski Pike for all kinds of free services.
Volunteers spent hours on Thursday unloading all of the donated items and getting ready for the start of the weekend at 7:00 a.m. Friday.
The veterans will be able to sleep indoors in cots through Sunday afternoon. They’ll be treated to flu shots, dental work, haircuts, hot meals, clothing, entertainment and given items they can take back with them to where ever they’re staying.
Organizers of Operation Stand Down say they work year-round to collect donations and money to put this event on each year, hoping that someday the organization will shut down.
“We do it not for glory, we do it for those comrades in arms that are out there that are homeless and we’re trying to get them off the street,” said Harold Stogsdill, Chairman of the Board for Operation Stand Down. “Our goal is the organization will shut down when all the homeless veterans are off the street.”
Stogsdill, who is a U.S. Navy veteran from the Vietnam era, says there will be an opening ceremony Saturday at noon, to be attended by several Huntsville leaders.
After the weekend concludes around 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon, the volunteers will take the veterans back to where they stay.
If you’d like to donate to the cause, click HERE. You can donate online using PayPal. Or you can stop by Operation Stand Down Huntsville’s new office at 4000 Marie Street in Huntsville.
There are also several volunteer opportunities if you’d like to help.