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Troutdale church to host Veterans Stand-Down Oct. 15

The Chapel, 27132 SE Stark St., Troutdale, will host the East County Veterans Stand-Down from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15.

The event gives veterans the opportunity to connect with local counselors; tap into area resources to help veterans; receive health screenings and register with the Veterans Administration Hospital; and get free haircuts from Mt. Hood Community College cosmetology students.

Lunch will be provided.

Event organizers are seeking donations of the following items for veterans in need: toothbrushes and toothpaste, bars of soap, shampoo, deodorant, wet wipes, bandages, feminine hygiene products, shaving cream, disposable razors, floss, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, lotions, lip balm, dog and cat food, kitty litter, coffee packs, hot chocolate, apple cider, tea bags, matches and lighters.

The Salvation Army, WorkSource Oregon Metro, the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce and other groups will package the donated products for veterans.

You can drop off donations at The Chapel or at the following locations:

• KPAM, 6605 S.E. Lake Road, Portland.

• Gresham Ford, 1940 E. Powell Blvd.

• Johnson RV, 41777 S.E. Highway 26.

• West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce, 226 W. Historic Columbia River Highway.

For more information or to volunteer, call Jerry Criswell at 503-669-7112, ext. 264, or Kim Pettina, The Salvation Army, 503-794-3275.