RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — One after one, volunteers fill kits with deodorant, shampoo, shower gels and more. The finished products will go to veterans and troops deployed overseas.
It all brings back memories for Jim Johnson, who fought in Vietnam.
“I was a Marine. I can tell you that was 50 years ago, that the marines today feel the same way as we did 50 years ago,” Johnson says. “That folks at home care, and they send these little small tokens that show that they do care.”
The toiletry kit packing is the work of Soldiers’ Angels.
Renee Cheatham has worked tirelessly for two years to give this national organization more visibility in the local community. She wants to say thank you to the men and women who have served and continue to do so.
“They fight for our freedoms, and they literally don’t ask for much in return,” explains Cheatham.
Soldiers’ Angels routinely puts together toiletry kits. There are also blanket drives and food distributions for the homeless to offer them care and comfort.
“The veterans really appreciate all the effort that’s done to show appreciation for what they do,” Johnson speaks from his own personal experience.
Many veterans and active-duty military members do not readily have the resources they need, so Soldiers’ Angels give them a helping hand.
“Just being a presence, just being a face and letting people know you care makes all the difference in the world,” says Cheatham.
Soldiers’ Angels will pass out toiletry kits at the upcoming Stand Down for Homeless Veterans event. It will be held on Friday, November 14 at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center on Broad Rock Boulevard in Richmond. The Stand Down event goes on from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.