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Local veterans continue to give out sleeping bag sets to the homeless in downtown San Diego and need your help

2 sleeping bags readied to keep someone warm!
2 sleeping bags readied to keep someone warm!
  The “Compassion Campaign” of the San Diego Veterans For Peace begins its fourth year this fall, seeking donations from the public and purchasing and delivering new sleeping bag sets to the most needy of the 1000 homeless sleeping on the streets and alleys in downtown San Diego.  The campaign began in December 2010, when veteran chapter members learned from homeless vets on the street how a sleeping bag, waterproof stuff sack, and reusable poncho could change the lives of people on the street who had no protection from the elements at night.  The chapter veterans set about to raise $3,000 and buy 100 sleeping bag sets. 

With the generous help of the public, over 1,800 sets have now been purchased and delivered quietly late at night by chapter veterans to the most needy homeless on the street.  Many have nothing but their clothes and a piece of cardboard to sleep on.  Having purchased its first sets locally, sets are now purchased for $33 each from the Coleman Company in Colorado, in quantities of 50, well below wholesale, with Coleman paying the freight and charging no sales tax.  Bags are a great value we thank the Coleman Company.
     
As the cold weather and occasional rain is now upon us, we ask that you consider a donation to the “Compassion Campaign” which may be made on line with a credit card or by mail with a check.  In either case, our treasurer, a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer, will immediately provide you with a beautiful card of thanks and receipt for your taxes, as we are a 501-C-3 non-profit veterans educational organization.  100% of your donation buys gear.  To donate by credit card:   www.SDVFP.org  and to donate by check, send your check to:  SDVFP, 12932 Sunderland Street, Poway, CA  92064.  For more information, please call 858-342-1964.   

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