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I Need Ideas (Not $ contributions) for Homeless Adopt-a-Veteran Program(2 posts)

I Need Ideas (Not $ contributions) for Homeless Adopt-a-Veteran Programmbologna
Dec 3, 2002 1:45 PM
My office group has decided to participate in an Adopt-a-Veteran program where we 'adopt' a homeless veteran and their family for the holiday. Our family is a female veteran and her two teenage sons. The program suggests that you purchase a good backpack, then fill it with $30 of supplies that would be useful for a homeless family. In addition, we have a $30 limit on gifts for each of the children ($30 per child).

We're excited about the chance to help someone, but we're struggling with how to get the most out of the $30 limit, especially for the gifts to fill the backpack (we may go over slightly, but the intent of the limit is that all veterans get similar quantities of things). Any ideas?

Please note: I'm not asking for contributions, just some ideas on how to spend this money efficiently. Also, any thoughts on a sturdy, but relatively inexpensive (under $30) backpack?

Thanks in advance!
Medical services gift certificates. These can be free.eyebob
Dec 3, 2002 5:10 PM
We do it a lot. Call your eye doctor, dentist, chiro, PCP, and ask them to donate a free exam. It's easy and if you've been a patient of their's for a while they'll be more likely to say yes. Best of all, it doesn't make a dent in your $30 budget. Otherwise, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, socks, and gloves are nice (the last two especially if you all live in a cold climate).