Agencies pull together to help the homeless

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Hundreds made their way to the Salvation Army, answering the call to "Stand Down for Homeless Veterans". More than 30 agencies offered services ranging from hair cuts to food, supplies, training and other assistance.

"One of the things we're here for is to try to capture these people and get them to make long-range plans and so next year we still welcome them back, but of course we want them in a better living situation. We want them in apartments. We want them in supportive services," said Savannah-Chatham Homless Authority Executive Director Mark Baggett.

For some, like Garfield Hester who was dishonorably discharged after seven years in the Marines, it's all about basic needs before the weather turns warm again.

"Underwear, socks, jackets, thermal underwear, thermal shirts. You know, different type of things that'll make you more equipped for this winter," Garfield told WTOC.

Organizers expect to serve around 700 overall, roughly 30 percent are military veterans.

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