Since 2010, the San Diego Veterans For Peace, the local chapter of the national 501-C-3 veterans educational organization, have been raising money and buying sleeping bags sets for homeless veterans and others on the streets in downtown San Diego.
As the homeless population downtown continues to grow (now at least 1,000 people each night), chapter veterans of all five services head downtown late at night with sleeping bags sets (a sleeping bag, a nylon stuff sack, and a poncho) and find those most in need who have no sleeping gear. Each $33 donated buys one set, in bulk and below wholesale cost from the Coleman Company.
To date, 1,700 sets have been purchased and individually given out late at night by veterans, who verify the specific need of each person, but the overall need downtown remains great, even in the summer.
One-hundred percent of donations go to purchase gear, as there are no overhead or administrative expenses. Donations are tax deductible and each donor receives a card of thanks and a receipt for tax purposes. Donations may be made on line at: www.SDVFP.org or checks may be mailed to: SDVFP, 12932 Sunderland Street, Poway, CA 92064.
For additional information, please call 858-342-1964 or www.SDVFP.org