Target: Congresswoman Kathy Hochul
Goal: Encourage airports to donate clothes left at security checkpoints to homeless veterans
Clothing left behind at airport security checkpoints could serve a better purpose if only local veteran organizations and charities could donate the clothing to homeless veterans. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) collects an estimated 500-1,000 pieces of clothing a day. Normally this clothing goes into bins to be later sold at an auction.
When Congresswoman Kathy Hochul inadvertently left a scarf behind at one of the airport security checkpoints, she imagined there was a better use for lost or forgotten clothing. She drafted a bill called the “Clothe a Homeless Hero” act and set her idea into motion. The program she imagines will require the TSA to partner with the Department of Veteran Affairs to donate the unclaimed clothes to local veteran organizations and charities.
The Clothe a Homeless Hero act has passed the House of Representatives with strong support from the members of both parties. But in order to become law, it must first pass through the Senate. With such overwhelming support from members of congress, this charitable act will hopefully successfully become a law.
According to the Department of Veteran Affairs there are an estimated 75,000 veterans that are homeless on any given night. In the last 5 years alone, approximately 20,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have become homeless. With the cold winter weather approaching, the time is perfect for this program to go into action. These veterans are all heroes who put their lives on the line for America and this act is a small way of showing our appreciation. Although we still have a long way to go to end homelessness in the United States, every act of charity helps. Sign the petition to support airport donations of clothing to homeless veterans–a small gesture that has great possibilities.
Dear Ms. Hochul,
Allowing airports to donate clothes left behind at security checkpoints will make a world of difference for homeless veterans. The number of homeless veterans is staggering at nearly 75,000. The nearly 1,000 garments left at airports every day will certainly help out a good number of the veterans.
There is still a long way to go in ending homelessness, but the idea that started simply by forgetting a scarf at security will provide warmth and maybe even some hope for the veterans. These veterans truly are heroes and they deserve anything we can do to make them more comfortable. Thank you for your efforts and continued support of the Clothe a Homeless Hero act. Please continue to spread the word and gain the support of others as well.
[Your Name Here]
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