Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS), in conjunction with The Peachtree Pilot Club of Atlanta, Inc., recently delivered nearly 200 “Comfort Bags” to Atlanta’s homeless veterans. The project was part of the Atlanta VA Medical Center’s annual Stand Down event, which provides health services to homeless veterans in the Atlanta area.
GCS staff and patients, along with many members of the community, donated thousands of personal care items including travel-size toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer, a disposable razor, shaving cream, shampoo and conditioner, and feminine products. Bags of all shapes and sizes were filled with the items collected and delivered to the Atlanta VA Medical Center on Oct. 1.
Staff from all 29 GCS clinics, across north and central Georgia, participated in what will now be an annual service project for the oncology physician practice.
“The assistance from our community volunteers, such as the Georgia Cancer Specialists and the Northside Hospital volunteers, is invaluable to the success of our Stand Down,” said April Edwards, LCSW, clinical director, Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program. “The donated items such as hygiene packets, clothing and food provide our veterans with basic necessities that many take for granted.”
“The dignity, concern and respect shown by the community shows our veterans that they have not been forgotten,” Edwards added. “The Atlanta VA’s Healthcare for Homeless Veterans salutes all of those who served those who served our country.”
Leftover supplies from the GCS project were donated to the Pilot Club of Georgia for similar projects with the VA Medical Centers in Augusta and Dublin, Ga. Due to overwhelming participation, in all, more than 700 bags were ultimately prepared and donated to homeless veterans across the state.
Pictured (r-l) are: Dr. Al Soltan, President of Georgia Cancer Specialists and Robin Williams, president, The Peachtree Pilot Club of Atlanta, Inc. and Georgia Cancer Specialists employee.