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Stand Down for Homeless Draws 550 Adults in Need

Homeless families from Bradenton and Sarasota joined area homeless veterans to get health and dental screenings, clothes, haircuts and more.

About 550 adults and families from Sarasota and Manatee counties came out to the 14th Annual Stand Down for the Homeless.

The event at the Manatee County Fairgrounds in Palmetto brings myriad services to one place, so that homeless veterans and homeless families can access services, such as job searches, healthcare screenings, court cases, clothing, blankets and food all in one place.

Homeless people received free flu shots, backpacks, sleeping bags and help with their job seaches. Everyone who visited every agency was entered into a free raffle for one of 25 bicycles donated to the event.

Amnesty Court offered homeless people with minor charges an opportunity to have their cases heard at the event so that they wouldn't have to travel to court later or so that they could clear up older minor charges.

Cheryl L. Hedger November 04, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I can not say thank you enough to all the amazing volunteers who worked together to provide the much needed services at the 2012 Stand Down. A special thank you to all the groups who came and set up and provided breakfast, health services, transportation, hair cuts, makeovers, music, bikes, donations etc. There were so many of you who came and served and I want you know that that you do make a difference in the lives of those in need.
Twinkle Yochim May 16, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Cheryl, my name is Twinkle and I'm a local musician. I ran into two sisters who are homeless and tried to help them a bit. But it has brought the whole situation to my attention and I would like to help. I've taken up a collection of clothes and would like to bring them where they would do the most direct good. please tell me if you have any ideas, thank you. Twinkle Yochim, 462-0508
Donene Guyaux May 16, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Please let me know when this years one is ..

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