Packs for Homeless Veterans





History Logs

Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Justin, TX

Total Budget: $2,500

Area of Focus: Community economic development

Activity Type: Community Development: General

Summary: In collaboration with Roanoke VFW, Champions Rotary of Justin is conducting a drive for and purchasing items needed to fill 200+ backpacks for homeless veterans.

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.

Project Contact Person

District: 5790

Rotary Club of: Champions (Justin)

Primary Contact: Justin Lemish

Email: justin.lemish@gmail.com

Project Status

This project is "Approved". This means that the district leadership has reviewed and approved the allocation of district funds for this project. Once the funds from the district have been issued, the status of the project will be changed to "Paid".

Project listed for the 2023-24 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

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Champions (Justin) (5790)









Project Supporting Documents


Backpacks for homeless veterans



Scarves for VFW packs

VFW homeless drive cart


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History Log Entries


by Justin Lemish

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Dusty Babitzke

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Dusty Babitzke

System Entry: Project signed by Dusty Babitzke.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Justin Lemish.


by Dusty Babitzke

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.

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