Seeking help for next week's 'Stand Down'


Volunteers Rich Ghera and Dan Soria show one of the ditty bags colored by school children over the last few months as gifts for homeless and needy veterans at next week's East Bay Stand Down.

Ghera is the adjutant of Pleasanton's American Legion Post 237. Soria is the past commander of Pleasanton post 6298 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The Stand Down will provide new clothing, boots and other basic needs including health and dental care for the vets from Aug. 5-8 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Organizers are still accepting donations and volunteers for the event, which is expected to serve 350 to 500 veterans.

Donations can be as little as $1. The public and businesses can also purchase, plan, prepare, serve and share a meal with the participating veterans and volunteers, or sponsor a tent.

Organizers also are looking for legal advisors to help out. For more information, visit

--Glenn Wohltmann


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