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Toiletry Drive Supports Homeless Vets Across Georgia

June 20, 2016

The 5th annual Stand Up for Stand Down toiletry drive for Georgia’s homeless Veterans will take place July 4 through Sept. 5, 2016. Sponsored by the Georgia district Pilot International Clubs and Georgia Cancer Specialists, affiliated with Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, the drive collects much-needed toiletry and personal care items to fill “comfort bags” for Veterans who attend Stand Down events throughout North and Central Georgia.

“Stand Down” is a military term that refers to the time when troops are brought back from the battlefield for rest and recuperation. Each year, Stand Down events across the country provide health care and other services to help thousands of homeless Veterans get back on their feet. The 2015 Stand Up for Stand Down drive collected toiletry items to fill more than 1,500 comfort bags for homeless vets in Georgia.

Travel/sample-size toiletry and personal care items are needed including toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer, combs/brushes, body wash/soap, shampoo and conditioner, lotion and feminine products. Donations can be dropped off at any of the 27 Georgia Cancer Specialists locations in Georgia. For a list of locations, visit

For more information about the Stand Up for Stand Down drive, call 770-864-5347 or visit

GCS Stand Down 2016 Flyer


About Pilot International (
Pilot International, a 501c3 organization, serves as a global charitable and educational organization of executive, business and professional leaders, working together to improve the quality of life in local communities and throughout the world. Founded in Macon, GA in 1921, the historic inspiration for the group’s name was the riverboat pilot who would steer a “true course” through calm or troubled waters. For almost 100 years, Pilots have served under the motto “True Course Ever.” Today’s Pilots charge to “DO MORE, CARE MORE and BE MORE everyday.”

About Georgia Cancer Specialists (
A national leader in advanced cancer treatment and research, Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS), affiliated with the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, offers medical oncology and hematology services and was the first private oncology practice in Georgia to also provide a full range of support services for patients. GCS’s 46 physicians provide care in 26 Northside Hospital Cancer Institute locations in Metro Atlanta, North and Central Georgia through approximately 160,000 annual patient visits.


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