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Don't forget that next Monday there is a donation drive at the west Salas parking lot at Southwest 2nd Street and Lee Boulevard from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cause is the new Safe Haven for Homeless Veterans that will happen downtown at the old Armed Services YMCA.

While the Safe Haven will have roughly 30 beds for veterans and serve as a kind of transitional housing option (as opposed to simply being a homeless shelter), the facility will have services open to anyone in the community in need of assistance. Those services include case management (a broad term that pretty much covers everything from helping a person obtain a new ID card to finding the right services for their children with special needs) to directing a woman who is being abused to the right facility, helping someone find employment, a child a new coat, or a family one-time help with a utility bill. And then some.

Although programs abound, the need is greater.

Additionally, the Calvary Baptist Church Free Dental Clinic will be moving in there. The ministry currently has a clinic once a month that offers extractions only, and its mission and hope is to expand services to include cleaning and other necessary procedures that most of us take for granted.

So on April 27, come on through and show your support for the people who are trying to make this much-needed facility happen. Support can be shown in any number of ways starting, of course, with that gift that keeps on giving: cash donations. Ideally, corporate sponsors will want to help with donations in the $2,500-and-up range, for furnishings and equipment. Checks can be made out to Lawton Continuum of Care.

The Safe Haven needs 32 beds, frames, bedding, etc., along with desks, tables, chairs and kitchen equipment, and the dental clinic has a long list of technical equipment that sounds expensive. Local businesses that want to help could pledge, for example, to provide the TV's for the Safe Haven. Or the beds. There is a detailed wish list at the Southwest Oklahoma Continuum of Care's website, which is swokcoc.org. My last column listed the wrong Web address, and I'm sorry for the error.

Most of us are a bunch of volunteers, folks. Sometimes it's barely good enough.

Finally, I've heard from many of you who have good, used clothing you want to donate. Those items are always welcome and will be gratefully received and put to good use.

The Lawton firefighters will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers for donations to benefit the facility, so if nothing else, come on by and have lunch for a good cause. It's win-win and every little bit counts.

A big THANK YOU to the people in this community whose vision is focused on helping our homeless.

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