By Dave Patterson
March 27, 2011 (San Diego) There are now about 4,000 homeless folks in San Diego County, with many of them located downtown on the streets. Many of them are the "newly homeless" and have nothing other than the clothes that they are wearing. The nights can be very cold and wet.
San Diego Veterans For Peace, a local 501-C-3 veterans educational organization, has created a "Compassion Campaign" to provide the homeless downtown with a set of a sleeping bag, poncho, and nylon stuff sack, which will help make their life immensely better while they are homeless.
Veterans from our chapter are downtown on the streets each week giving out sets of sleeping bags/ponchos/stuff sacks to those most in need and can purchase and distribute each set for only $35.
With your donations, we have to date provided 420 sets of gear to the neediest homeless and hope to continue this campaign indefinitely. 100% of the money donated buys gear, as we have no administrative or overhead expenses.
For information about our campaign, please check out: www.sdvfp.org or call 858-342-1964.
Editor's note: A high percentage of the homeless across America are veterans, including vets from the recent Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Dave Patterson is a Vietnam veteran and a resident of Ramona.