(CLEARWATER, FL) – The thermostat is dropping and it’s time to bundle the kids up as they head off to school. The Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance (TBVA) recognizes this and is collecting items – including new cold-weather wear (gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, hoodies, jackets), undergarments and socks, and diapers (all sizes) – to donate to the Homeless Emergency Project, Inc. (HEP), a homeless shelter in Pinellas County. TBVA will deliver the items to HEP on Wednesday, January 25, at 2:30PM. In addition to the donation, individual TBVA members who made generous gifts to the veterans during the holidays will be recognized for their generosity. Media is encouraged to attend.
“We are humbled by TBVA’s compassion for helping others,” thanked Barbara Green, HEP President & CEO. “This is not the first time that the veteran organization has stepped up to help residents at HEP. During the holidays, the group organized the delivery of individual gifts for each of the 40 residents living in HEP’s transitional veteran housing. They also brought personal hygiene products for us to distribute to the 350-plus residents throughout the year.”
HEP currently serves 58 children at the shelter each night, in addition to 27 who have transitioned into the community this past year. The organization offers housing, food and nutrition, clothing, and youth enrichment (including academic and social skill-building programs), with the goal of ending the cycle of homelessness.
“The Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance is honored to partner with HEP and help meet its needs, not just for its veteran population but also the dozens of children who stay at the shelter,” said Bob Swick, TBVA Founder and CEO. “The boys and girls who we are clothing today are tomorrow’s citizens. As former military, we feel we have a continuing obligation to keep them safe.”
TBVA was developed to provide the citizens of the Tampa Bay area communities an opportunity to show their appreciation to the veterans of the United States military. In addition to working with veterans, TBVA also supports a number of youth-serving organizations, such as HEP. To help TBVA fulfill its goal of supplying each child with undergarments and/or diapers (as age appropriate) and cold-weather wear, please contact Shelly Bauer, TBVA Public Relations Director, at 727.692.5152 or at [email protected]. Financial gifts are also welcome.
About Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance (TBVA)
Founded in 2005, The Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance, TBVA, is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization developed to provide the citizens of the Tampa Bay area communities an opportunity to show their appreciation to the veterans of the United States military services. The TBVA organizes activities throughout the year. Its main event is the annual Tampa Bay Veterans Appreciation Day where the community joins together with our elected local and state officials to honor all veterans of the Armed Forces.
About Homeless Emergency Project (HEP)
HEP is one of the oldest and largest providers of emergency housing and support services in Pinellas County. Through the provision of emergency, transitional and permanent supportive housing, HEP provides lasting solutions to ending homelessness in our community. As part of our mission to help the homeless, HEP operates a 354-bed facility where emergency and transitional housing is provided for the temporarily homeless as well as permanent supportive housing for mentally disabled individuals, families with children and Veterans.