August 7, 2012

Bags of canned food, boxes of shampoo, lotion, first aid supplies and toiletries, pasta and much more was donated during the month of July to aid Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel in her efforts to support returning troops. The food and household items will go to veterans and their families who are adjusting to civilian life.

These donations will complement other services and resources at the East County Stand Down on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Chapel, 27132 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale. A stand down is an event to support local veterans to help them prosper in their communities. Here, veterans and their families will have access to basic social service from different community and government agencies.

Services at this event include medical, dental and vision exams and care, mental health and substance abuse counseling, employment and housing assistance, legal assistance, a hot meal and hygiene and personal supplies necessary for daily living.

Donations will be accepted until the event and can be collected by Commissioner McKeel's office on the sixth floor of the Multnomah County building, 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Portland.

For questions or to volunteer you can contact McKeel’s office at 503-988-5213 or click here for more information.