JFCS 8th Annual Stand Down event

Call for Donations JFCS seeks personal care items for homeless Veterans and annual Stand Down Event

SARASOTA, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2019) – JFCS is seeking donations of personal care items to give to homeless veterans as part of its 8th Annual Stand Down event, scheduled for April 13, 2019 at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. More than 150 veterans are expected to attend, who will each be handed a back pack with daily essential items, including hygiene, clothing, blankets and non-perishable food.

Requested donations of the following items include

  • Reading Glasses (variety of diopters)
  • Hygiene Kits – shampoo, comb, toothpaste, toothbrush, disposable razors, shave cream, soap, deodorant
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Nail Clippers
  • First Aid Kits: BAND-AID Adhesive Bandages, Neosporin, BAND-AID Brand Gauze, Hand Cleansing Wipes
  • New underwear kits: Two each of T-shirts, briefs or panties and pairs of socks, sizes small to XL

To make a donation:

  • Donations are being accepted at JFCS’ main campus office, 2688 Fruitville Road in Sarasota through March 29, 2019.
  • Donors are asked to call JFCS in advance at 941-366-2224, ext. 121 or 125 to schedule a delivery date and time.

In addition to the daily essential backpack gifts, Veterans will also have access to a number of free professional services, including accessing VA benefits, housing assistance, counseling and substance abuse referrals, emergency shelter, criminal and legal, employment, health, Stand Down Court for case resolution and management, haircuts, manicures and showers.



The Sarasota Homeless Veterans Stand Down has evolved into a multi-faceted show of support from the community as well as local, regional and national organizations.  This year, more than 50 partner agencies will come together to help America’s heroes live healthier and more productive lives. 

About JFCS: 

Founded in 1986, JFCS of the Suncoast is a community-based, client-centric non-profit organization that gives help to the most vulnerable. Fully accredited, JFCS works to provide holistic solutions and stability to people in crisis through mental health and social services. JFCS serves more than 5,700 individuals each year in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Collier and Lee Counties through counseling, prevention, intervention, outreach, case management, basic life necessities, financial aid and life skills education programs on a secular, non-denominational basis. For more information, visit www.jfcs-cares.org or call 941.366.2224.

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