St. Anthony’s in San Francisco and the Veterans Administration announced today that they will be honoring homeless and low-income Veterans, from all military conflicts dating back as far as World War II or more, with new shoes and socks on Friday, November 11, 2011; Veterans Day. Veterans can arrive at St. Anthony’s Dining Room in the morning and receive gift bags complete with shoes, socks, t-shirts and toiletries from 10:30am to 11:30am. The gift bags have been generously sponsored by Chrome, Planet Sox and Craig Newmark from the Craigslist Foundation.
Shari Roeseler, St. Anthony’s Executive Director: “Veterans Day is every day at St. Anthony’s. The heartbreaking reality is that almost 25% of the 3,000 meals we serve in the St. Anthony’s Dining Room are served to veterans.”
St. Anthony’s currently serves as the key link between veterans who face life’s biggest challenges and the critical services they need in order to help them rebuild their lives. The economic downturn has made the need for continued veterans services even more critical. One out of every three homeless men in America is a veteran. There are about 107,000 veterans who sleep on the streets in America every night; according to the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans.
Matt Sharkey, Director of Marketing at Chrome: “When we heard about all the veterans that are coming to St. Anthony’s Dining Room, we thought about how important it must be to have good street wear when you are on the street. So we decided to do something about it.” Veterans will enjoy receiving new Chrome shoes and Planet Sox socks in their gift bags on Veterans Day from St. Anthony’s.
Members from the Veterans Administration will also be on hand in order to help homeless and low-income veterans obtain the services they need to rebuild their lives.
St. Anthony’s has been serving the homeless and low-income residents of San Francisco since 1950. To learn more about their work, please visit stanthonysf.org