This winter will see tens of thousands of American military veterans struggling on the street.
According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, about 40,000 veterans face homelessness each year. These men and women sacrificed their lives to protect our constitution, and now they don’t even know when they will eat next.
This is an unacceptable problem, and one we have been working to solve with your help.
Funded by your donations, Greater Good Charities, has joined Organization of Hope and GreaterGood.com in distributing hundreds of Good Packs containing survival supplies that will comfort veterans and their pets. These Good Packs could be the only comfort some of these veterans receive this season.
The safe and convenient backpacks include:
- Food and utensils
- Warm clothing like coats, scarves and socks
- Water bottle
- Basic hygiene products
- Disposable masks to protect from coronavirus disease
The Pet Packs include dog treats and food/water bowls for animal companions.
“The homeless veteran crisis in the U.S. continues to worsen every year, and the COVID-19 pandemic is making it worse,” said Liz Baker, CEO for Greater Good Charities. “Good Packs and Pet Packs provide a much-needed resource to unsheltered veterans and their pets living in metropolitan communities.”
Donations made during Greater Good Charities “Home for the Holidays” campaign, in partnership with GreaterGood.com and The Veterans Site, funded the recent distribution of Good Packs throughout Baltimore, Baltimore County and Washington, DC. Leading up to those events, your donations helped us supply Organization of Hope with the following items for homeless veterans over the past few months:
- 500 Good Packs received in December ($44,950)
- 300 Pet Packs received in December ($17,964)
- $15,199.55 worth of women’s coats, fleece hoodies, slipper socks & sweater boots
- $8,190.05 worth of women’s rain jackets, fleece coats & scarves
- $19,357.44 worth of non-perishable food, plates, cups & utensils
- 8,000 3-ply disposable face masks ($8,000)
- 8,000 Level IIR medical disposable face masks ($9,600)
Many homeless shelters have been pushed to overflow-capacity in the past year, and are now struggling to provide basic services to clients.
“The holidays can be difficult for homeless veterans, especially those suffering from PTSD,” said Dr. Patrecia Williams, founder and executive director of Organization of Hope and a 26-year Army veteran. “We want to support, provide comfort, and make moments that matter for these heroes and their pets during this challenging time of year.”
Watch this video to learn more of this inspirational event.