2020 Skivvies for Stand Down

September 25, 2020


Veterans Village of San Diego’s annual Stand Down event is one of the yearly programs I most look forward to, because it offers veterans who are struggling with homelessness a chance to access services, connect with others, get a reprieve from the challenges they face each day, and find a path towards getting out of homelessness.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the donation drive and Stand Down have been truncated and modified so that all involved can stay safe. While we typically collect in-kind donations for a few weeks, this year we are asking all who are able to donate “skivvies" for Stand Down during one day – Friday, October 9 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop off information is detailed below. VVSD is seeking donations of new men’s and women’s underwear, and men’s shoes, sweat pants, sweat shirts, jeans, and outerwear. VVSD does not need women’s clothing (aside from underwear) at this time.

Stand Down, which is typically held over the course of a weekend, will also take place during one day – Sunday, November 22. The annual event may be shorter than usual, but homeless veterans and their families will be able to access the same critical services and supplies they rely on each year.

Stand Down is currently seeking volunteers to help pre-sort the donations in the weeks leading up to Nov. 22, and is looking for volunteers to help on the day of the event. If you’re interested in getting involved, you can apply by clicking here.

I hope you’ll join me in this incredible opportunity to help hundreds of veterans and military families who are experiencing homelessness.


VVSD Stand Down Drive-Thru Clothing Drive Details:

What: Men’s and women’s underwear, and men’s shoes, sweat pants, sweat shirts, jeans, and outerwear.

  • Please attach a note to your donation with your name, address, phone number, and “Senator Atkins” written on it.

When: Friday, Oct. 9 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Veterans Village of San Diego, 4141 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92110.

  • Donors can drive into the employee parking lot by the railroad tracks and proceed to the back where volunteers will safely assist you. Please stay in your car during the drop off.