For the second year in a row, Champions Rotary of Justin has joined hands with VFW Post 5074. Together we will collect items and distribute backpacks filled with basic hygiene products, food and winter necessities to homeless veterans. Over 200 backpacks will be filled with toothbrush, toothpaste, bath wash, shampoo, shaving cream, razors, socks, deodorant, combs, chapstick, socks, gloves, hand warmers, beanies, first aid kits, snacks, mylar blankets, and water. Members have already begun to contribute items on the needs list and Champions Rotary is asking for funds to go towards the purchase of backpacks and some of the items needed. The most useful backpack that we can purchase in bulk on Amazon costs $623 for 200 backpacks.
We will also be collecting items on the list via membership drive until the end of January 2024 at which point we will gather to assemble the bags at the VFW. In February, the backpacks will be distributed to homeless veterans as the VFW keeps up with where they are typically staying. Over the past several years, February has been the coldest months with temperatures reaching into the low teens at night - not including ice storms.