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Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes

Updated Feb 14, 2013 - 9:50 am

Help Arizona's homeless war veterans -- please

There are about 9,000 homeless veterans in Maricopa and Pinal counties. Coming up March 8-10 there's an event called Arizona StandDown happening at the Arizona State Fairgrounds.

The goal is to help as many homeless vets as possible.

There will be showers, meals, haircuts and free clothing available for veterans. There will also be housing assistance and representatives with the V.A. to help with benefit assistance, medical services and mental health services.

Another organization will be there to help with their day-to-day needs -- HELP (Homeless Engagement Lift Partnership). Michael and Dawn Marie Rapaport head up the organization and they need our help.

They will be providing backpacks filled with supplies to each veteran who attends the Arizona StandDown. Michael said he expects 1,500 veterans there and he needs that many backpacks. Right now, they are short of that goal.

Here's what they need to meet their goals:

Backpacks (new or used)

Supplies to fill the backpacks:

Baseball cap

Lip balm


Body wash/soap

Hand sanitizer

Rain poncho


Dental floss



Disposable razors

Gold Bond powder

It doesn't take a lot to help, but your help can go a long way to help homeless veterans in Phoenix.

HELP is working with West USA Realty to provide dropoff locations.

Their offices in these WalMarts have drop boxes:

7975 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria

21655 N. Lake Pleasant Road, Peoria

7575 W. Lower Buckeye Road, Phoenix

2501 W. Happy Valley Road, Phoenix

2750 E. Germann Road, Chandler

15355 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale

13770 W. Bell Road, Surprise

18551 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria

579 Wickenburg Way, Wickenburg

2501 S. Market Street, Gilbert

1710 S. Greenfield Road, Mesa

13055 Rancho Santa Fe Blvd., Avondale

HELP is also looking for dog crates for temporary donation. Many homeless Vets who will attend have dogs. There will also be free veterinarian services available. The crates will be returned to donors after the event.

For more information about HELP, click here or reach them by phone at (602) 341-3822. Veterans have done their part, now let's do ours.

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Open and honest on the air, Bruce is deeply passionate about local and national issues affecting our community. Pamela brings a heavy news perspective while discussing the days most important topics.


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