The Loyal Veterans Battalion of Vigo County has only been around since the first of this year.
The group’s aim to reach the homeless veteran community is anticipated to be on target especially with the opening of their clothing closet.
The homeless population in Vigo County is one that’s not been easy to track. After talking to Mike Egy with the Loyal Veterans Battalion he says the estimation is that there are close to 500 homeless in our county, 175 of that population are veterans.
The group looks to clothe needy populations, connect them with resources and there’s even a goal to provide them with education and employment in the future.
“They can get three pairs of socks, two pairs of pants, three t-shirts two long sleeve shirts, a hoodie or a sweater as well as a heavy coat,” Mike Egy, administrative coordinator with the Loyal Veterans Battalion said.
He is on a mission to make sure no one in the Valley is in need.
“As we come around here … We have both men’s and women’s shoes, we have heavy boots.”
Egy tells me volunteers with the Loyal Veterans Battalion have been working on their clothing closet at 1000 S. 14th Street for just around a month.
Already their well stocked and well organized.
“We don’t want anyone to be cold this winter, so if their out on the street their going to need sleeping bags, a tent, blankets.”
“We collect soaps and shampoos and conditioner from the hotels every two weeks and then we make up bags like this … And then they also have started collecting their used toilet rolls and believe it or not this is a tight commodity for people leaving on the streets.”
You’re probably thinking after our tour that they’ve thought of it all, well there’s more. This room here for now, houses the idea of expansion.
Egy says in the future he hopes to add a classroom. They’ll also seeking a partnership look with the Black Masons organization.
That group who can provide GED classes for the homeless.
Egy says he’ll also use his background of resume writing to help those folks find a job.
It’s seeing an end result or at least being able to visualize one that caused 23 year retired Air Force vet Tommy South to volunteer.
“I’ve been involved with charity groups, but it’s always been just giving money out of my pocket … I wanted to get out and actually see hands on, see where that efforts going,” South said.
And volunteers have been busy even during our visit Thursday, they had to find room for incoming donations.
“Unbelievable. We just received 750 pairs of socks from Bombas Sock Company through the odd sock man, what an incredible donation,” Egy said.
The Loyal Veternas Battalion clothing closet will open to the public Saturday November 3rd from 10 a-m to 2 p-m. Clothing and sanitary items are free to those in need. You can call Mike Egy to make a donation at 812-230-1213.