Organization needs donations for homeless veterans

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INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 26, 2014) - On this Thanksgiving week, a local organization wants you to help our homeless veterans.

The Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation is in desperate need of supplies like deodorant and shaving cream for the veterans they serve at their downtown facility.

Those who want to help can call 317-951-0688 or visit the HVAF of Indiana web site.

Veterans like Ralph Holler say it's help they need and appreciate. Holler served in the Marines in Vietnam, but since then has fallen on hard times.

“I lost my job when they shut the plant down,” he said. “I had to sell my house in Fishers, so I was staying in hotels, running out of money and everything else.”

Now he lives downtown in an apartment set up by HVAF.

“They help you with clothing if we need it and food,” said Holler. “It’s very hard you have a lot of pride… it’s hard for a guy to ask for help when they’ve served.”

Holler said he and the other veterans at HVAF are appreciative for all the donations they’ve received, and hopeful that more people will want to help this holiday season, especially with the cosmetics, toiletries and supplies being requested.

“We would appreciate if they could donate more stuff because it’s really needed here,” said Holler. “They have to go on job interviews and they want to look good.”

“Hygiene is so important,” said Debra Des Vignes, VP of marketing and communications for HVAF of Indiana. “(It’s) something we all take for granted and it’s something simple these veterans really appreciate.”

Still, all things considered, Holler says he's thankful on this holiday.

“I’m grateful for this country,” he said. “I know we’re going through hard times but we’re Americans we care about each other… I’m grateful for a lot of stuff, I really am.”