Gwen Reese is lending her help to collect items for Valley homeless veterans.
For the next few weeks, people can drop off non-perishable food and other items at Reese’s beauty salon, A-Affordable Hair, 13930 Camino del Sol in Sun City West. The items will be delivered to a Victory Place, where homeless veterans live.
“If I can help one person, then that’s very important to me,” Reese said.
Pat Horton, who started the project, said after finding out about Victory Place she wanted to help and asked Reese to assist her.
In addition to the donation drive, Horton also has organized two “Sock-it-to-Me” projects, giving thousands of socks to veterans.
“I’m just compelled to do whatever I can for the veterans because they’ve done so much for us,” she said.
Bill Hoedebeck, resource co-ordinator at Victory Place, said he appreciates the women’s efforts. Victory Place has 75 homeless veterans, including 60 over the age of 55, while the remaining residents are younger and suffer mental and physical disabilities.
Hoedebeck said Victory Place needs men’s hygiene products such as razors, shampoo, body wash and deodorant. And the home also will accept full-size sheets and blankets, in time for the fall and winter.
“We’re so grateful for any donations that we get,” Hoedebeck said.
And Reese said she’s happy to help.
“I come from a military family where my dad, father and husband all served,” she said. “It just breaks my heart to see the people who served our country out on the street and homeless.”