HUNTINGTON — There was one table that stood out among the many that were set up at the Huntington VAMC’s annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down on September 9, 2015.
Nine-year-old Lexie Powell of Boone County, West Virginia, stood beside that table, handing out hats, gloves, blankets and other items that she had collected for Veterans.
“I had the idea to collect these things because my “Poppy” was a Vietnam Veteran,” said Lexie. “I did it for him.”
Lexie put up flyers around her community and got the word out at her school, Wharton Elementary. Her mother said that everyone got behind her and began donating things.
“I think it is awesome,” said Amanda Powell, Lexie’s mother. “Lexie is excused from school today so she could come here and hand these things out.”
The annual Stand Down, at the VA Community Resource and Referral Center in downtown Huntington, offered homeless Veterans a time of respite, to get off the streets, have a meal, enjoy some entertainment, and access information to help them find jobs, housing and other assistance available through the VA and the community, officials said.
More than 126 Veterans participated in the event, with representatives from 65 VA and community agencies and 125 volunteers.
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