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Boise’s vets home needs more women’s items for its clothing drive. Here’s how to help.

Phil Hawkins volunteers during a recent wrapping day at the Idaho State Veterans Home, which is still seeking more donations for warm undergarments, including long johns and socks, for women who are homeless in the community.
Phil Hawkins volunteers during a recent wrapping day at the Idaho State Veterans Home, which is still seeking more donations for warm undergarments, including long johns and socks, for women who are homeless in the community. Joe Jaszewski

Women’s long johns. Women’s gloves. Women’s socks.

These are the things organizers still desperately need to complete a longstanding clothing drive to benefit some of Idaho’s most vulnerable population — its homeless veterans and their families, according to volunteer Phil Hawkins.

Hawkins, a U.S. Army veteran himself who works on the project with fellow volunteers at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Boise, said it takes about $10,000 to $12,000 and donations of hundreds of articles of clothing to put on the clothing drive each year.

This year, the drive is lacking on warm undergarments — especially for women. Right now there are enough donations for about 25 bundles, but more donations are needed to reach Hawkins’ goal of about 50 more.

“What we do is we do the (things) underneath,” Hawkins said. “A lot of people will give coats and things like that, but don’t think about the undergarments people need.”

The drive, now nearly a decade old, keeps organizers busy from Veterans Day through Christmas Eve, when the bundles are delivered, Hawkins said.

To donate, drop off items at the veterans home at 320 Collins Road in Boise, or contact Hawkins at 208-362-9839.

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