Truckload of donations rolls into Southern Arizona VA - Tucson News Now

Truckload of donations rolls into Southern Arizona VA

Volunteers unload donations at the Southern Arizona VA on Monday, Oct. 17. (Source: KOLD News 13) Volunteers unload donations at the Southern Arizona VA on Monday, Oct. 17. (Source: KOLD News 13)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs effort to end homelessness among the men and woman who served our country relies on community support, which in this case includes a couple trucks full of donations collected in Green Valley and Sahuarita.

The Women of Quail Creek organization delivered more than 7,000 items to the VA's Tucson location on Monday, Oct. 17. It's the seventh year in a row that this group of roughly 350 women have rallied behind the local VA.

"We have quite a few Women of Quail Creek who are veterans," said Carol Mutter, president of the organization. "Without them we wouldn't have all our freedoms, all our privileges we do. So we wanted to do what we can to make life better and easier for all the veterans."

Army veteran Peggy McGee volunteers at the VA and reports back the needs of homeless vets to the club. She said the Women of Quail Creek expanded their accepted donations as soon as the VA began to combat homelessness more aggressively.

"It's just totally amazing the things they donate to us," said Jodi Frederick, Clinical Director of Rehabilitation Program at the local VA. "We are pretty dependent on the community for items for our veterans, so we ... never take it for granted."

The donations include everything from clothes and toiletries to mattresses and bicycles. Frederick said there's no telling how long it will all last, but she expects unique items like bikes to go quickly.

"Veterans can use those for job interviews or just to get around," she said. "Bicycles will be gone in a heartbeat."

Mutter said the awareness that this collaboration raises for veteran homelessness in southern Arizona has reached a point that people anticipate it every year so they prepare their donations year-round.

Frederick said the VA can't complete its mission without the help of community groups like the Women of Quail Creek.

"We've housed a lot of veterans and will continue to do it until we have nobody walking through the door," she said.

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