Clothing and food drive set for October 31

Janice Pell

Mark the date on the calendar. Saturday morning, October 31, The Women of Quail Creek will sponsor its sixth annual clothing and household goods drive to benefit homeless veterans and their families in the Tucson area. TWOQC volunteers will be in the front parking lot of the Madera Clubhouse from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. to collect donations.

When cleaning out closets, please consider saving clothing items in good condition to donate to the men and women who have served our country well and now need a helping hand. To endure the cool days and nights, male and female veterans will need warm clothing such as hoodies, sweatshirts and knitted scarfs and hats. New and gently used clothing will be accepted if used items are clean and in good repair. Socks and underwear must be new. Backpacks are always appreciated.

The Homeless Office at the VA Hospital has a program to place homeless veterans in transitional housing until they can find jobs and move into more permanent quarters. Suggested items for contributions that will help supplement this program include small household goods, paper products, cleaning supplies and various other sundries. Bicycles have been requested to be used by veterans that have recently moved into housing and need transportation for travel to and from work or to job interviews.

TWOQC volunteers will sort, pack and deliver the donations to the Veterans Hospital in Tucson. For the past five years this event has been a tremendous success providing aid to so many in need. Please help make a difference again this year.

Questions about the project should be directed to Mary Lou Kiger at 625-3235 or Peggy McGee at [email protected] or  207-6188.