The staff at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram are announcing their effort to pick up some clothing items for homeless veterans.

The staff at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram are announcing their effort to pick up some clothing items for homeless veterans.

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Dealership asks for socks, warm clothes for veterans

By: Eric Czarnik | C&G Newspapers | Published December 12, 2018

ROCHESTER HILLS — The holidays are a time for giving, and the staff at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram are announcing their effort to pick up some clothing items for homeless veterans.

Gary Sizemore, the dealership’s trade manager who also handles sales, said he knows lots of people who are Vietnam Veterans of America members. He said, in the past, the dealership has collected certain items for charity.

But this is the first time the public has been invited to join in such an effort for homeless veterans, he said.

“This kind of caught fire with everybody, and now they want to do it bigger, to do it in a larger capacity,” Sizemore said. “I’ve had the staff here bring in (donations) already. I already have a big bagful of stuff already.”

The shopping public is being asked to bring in the clothes to the dealership by Dec. 19.  Sizemore invites shoppers and donors to go to the new car showroom floor to drop off the clothes, which are being stored in a Ram truck.

Donated items will go to the Vietnam Veterans of America. According to the organization’s website, it does three-day, two-night “stand-down” events that give homeless vets food, clothes, haircuts, a place to sleep and medical check-ups.

Sizemore recommends that donors bring in new pairs of socks for the charity drive, adding that those are highly in demand among the recipients.

“This is very appreciated,” he said. “Most of it would be socks, hats, gloves.”

Kathy Ashton, new car sales manager at the dealership, said she also is excited about the promotion. She recommends sweatshirts and any other clothing that is warm.

Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram is located at 1301 S. Rochester Road in Rochester Hills. Find out more by visiting www.rochesterhillschryslerjeep.net or by calling (248) 652-9650. Find out more about Vietnam Veterans of America by visiting www.vva.org.