Stand Down Against Homelessness to help Lowcountry veterans

      (John Gaddy/WCIV)

      NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Lowcountry volunteers are prepared to do their part to fight homelessness this week.

      The Ralph H. VA Medical Center has teamed up with Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina for the 13th Annual Stand Down Against Homelessness event.

      The event offers homeless veterans in the lowcountry the chance to get free medical and dental screenings, clothing, food, haircuts and counseling.

      Lt. Col. Ed Chamberlayne and his co-workers helped collect toiletry items to give to the homeless veterans and says he's proud of the work they've done.

      "We asked all of our members early last year as they were on their travels or on their trips conducting federal business, collect toiletry items for our veterans," said Lt. Col. Chamberlayne, Commander of the Charleston District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "We thought we'd only get a couple hundred but today we're proud to have 550 kits here. It puts a small dent into the great need."

      Last year, nearly 2,000 veterans were assisted through the program.

      Stand Down Against Homelessness will be held at Armory Park in North Charleston Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will also be served to attendees at noon.