Elks Club hosts first-annual Veterans Stand Down

Veterans who participated received winter clothing, a warm meal, haircuts and mental health advice if needed.

Posted: Jan 6, 2020 6:45 PM

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. – The Myrtle Creek Elks Club welcomed veterans for their first-ever Veterans Stand Down.

The idea of the event is to provide homeless veterans with basic necessities.

Veterans who participated received winter clothing, a warm meal, haircuts and mental health advice if needed.

Elks Club members said they saw more than 20 veterans throughout the day.

Since it’s the first year, Elks Club members said they expected a smaller turnout.

However, they hope to expand in the next few years because they are making it an annual event that will be held in December.

“Whatever we can do to help them, to help them out, that’s fantastic,” said David Sayler, the leading knight for the Myrtle Creek Elks Club. “If I’m helping one person out, even better. So I hope it makes them feel better too.”

Sayler said the closest Stand Down is the one hosted by the Roseburg Veterans Affairs each fall.

He said they created the Myrtle Creek Stand Down to cater to veterans in southern Douglas County who may not be able to attend the larger event every year.

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