Veterans group rushes to find donations after government shutdown puts them behind

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - Homeless veterans in Kansas City might not get what they need to keep warm this winter because of the government shutdown. Now they are asking for your help.

Since 1992, Heart of America Stand Down has hosted an annual drive to prepare those on the streets. They collect food, toiletries, clothing, coats and more. However this year they have a big need for men's and women's boots and blankets.

Their giveaway is Friday, November 8 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.

"Our real objective isn't just to hand these guys items and clothes," Joe Levota of Heart of America Stand Down said. "It's actually to try and reach them and get them off the streets and into VA care."

There are close to 2,000 homeless vets in Kansas City. If you can help with donations, they will be accepted on Monday, November 4 at the following locations:

                Vietnam Veterans of America – 3027 Walnut St., Kansas City, Mo.

                HUD – 400 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

                VA Building – 4101 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, Kan.

The Stand Down event will be open to homeless veterans from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, November 8 at Memorial Hall at 600 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan.

For more information, visit or call 816-591-5921

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