The Community Action Council and its volunteers have been preparing backpacks for homeless and needy veterans.
Danita Coulter, a volunteer coordinator for the council's foster grandparent program, said the Back-A-Vet event began in 2011 as a way to bring attention to the foster program, the Retired Service Volunteer Program and the problems surrounding homeless veterans.
Since then, Back-A-Vet has evolved on its own.
"It was always volunteer driven," Coulter said. "But we've gotten more people together who are like-minded, so it's bringing more attention to homelessness in general, and the difficulties of veterans."
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The event, which will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Charles Young Center, at the corner of Third Street and Shropshire Avenue, will present five awards to those who have been active in the community. Also, 121 veterans will be given backpacks stuffed with socks, a washcloth and other hygiene products. The Hope Center is helping with the event.
Coulter and Ka'Shondra Brown, volunteer coordinator of the Retired Service Volunteer Program, said the event is falling short of organizers' goal of 400 backpacks. Donations will be accepted at the Charles Young Center until the start of Saturday's event.