Toiletries donated to help sick and homeless female veterans

The number of homeless female veterans is increasing, according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.

Posted: Sep 26, 2018 7:33 PM
Updated: Sep 27, 2018 6:41 AM

ALBERT LEA, Minn. - For a "kindness counts challenge," Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea collected 1,126 toiletry items including shampoo, soap, and towels to donate to the Freeborn County Woman Veterans.
LPN Jessy Maiden initiated the project. She was inspired by her mother, Sandy Maiden, who is a veteran.
"On my family vacation she had mentioned that she was going to take the toiletry items out of the hotel for this cause, so I took that and I ran with it," explains Jessy.
"I just can't say enough. I think it's so wonderful. She's got such a big heart and to get everybody involved up here the way she did, it's just wonderful," adds Sandy.
The hospital presented The Freeborn County Woman Veterans the items today. Deanna Luedtke, Sandy Maiden, Gloria Dirksen, Judi Olson, and Barbara Babb were present. They will give the items to sick and homeless female veterans in Southern Minnesota. "Just make their daily lives easier. Just the basic simple things like deodorant and shampoo. Things they can't buy because they have no money, no nothing," says Luedtke, Commander of the organization.

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