PLEASANTON -- Veterans will once again be able to have their day in court, get a haircut or have their teeth cleaned -- all free of charge -- at the East Bay Stand Down that begins Thursday.
Since 1999, the event has been held every two years at the Alameda County Fairgrounds to help veterans from wars present and past get back on their feet or get up to speed on things including bill payments and medical check-ups.
Held over the course of four days, the stand down brings hundreds of veterans and even more volunteers each year.
The 2010 event drew 1,000 volunteers to help more than 400 veterans over the course of the event. While volunteer opportunities are closed this year, event organizers are still looking for items to be donated.
Things needed immediately include hygiene kit items such as dental floss, soap and shampoo. 60-quart aluminum stock pots and 60-quart stainless steel stock pots are also needed.
If you would like to donate an item, or to review the full list, visit the East Bay Stand Down website at www.eastbaystanddown.org. For hygiene kit item donations, you may also call 925-623-4040 for details and a list of drop-off locations.
For kitchen item donations, email Dave Ham at Dave.Ham@parc.com. Both hygiene kit and kitchens items must be donated by Sept. 11.
You may donate funds to the event at the website address.
For more information on the history of the stand down, or to see more ways to help, visit the event website.
Contact Katie Nelson at 925-847-2164 or follow her at Twitter.com/katienelson210.