Three locations in the Santa Ynez Valley are accepting donations for Santa Barbara County’s fifth annual Veterans Stand Down set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Santa Maria Fairpark.
The goal of the event is to provide veterans and their families with needed items that some may be struggling to provide on their own and to connect veterans with organizations that can provide medical, psychological, spiritual and material assistance, a spokesman said.
Items that are specifically needed are towels, blankets, toothbrushes, toothpaste, men's and women's T-shirts, underwear, shoes, baby diapers, small-size bottles of shampoo, bar soap, bottled water and large trash bags, the spokesman said.
Organizers have placed bins throughout the county to accept donations. Santa Ynez Valley locations, donation times and phone numbers include:
• Buellton Senior Thrift, 56 W. Highway 246 in Buellton; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday
• Buellton Chamber of Commerce, 597 Avenue of Flags, Suite 101, Buellton; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday; 688-7829
• Solvang Chamber of Commerce, 485 Alisal Road; 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 688-0701
For more information about the Veterans Stand Down, contact Sandy Agalos at 346-8402.