Kansas City Veterans Need Our Helpheartofamericastanddown_11052015_36

It’s a common misconception that the government takes care of veterans. While the government does have some liability, the notion that they meet the needs of the men and women leaving the service is simply not true. We spend billions preparing for war and training, yet nothing prepares our troops for returning home. While the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs tries its best to help those that served, it does not provide to all, nor does it treat all conditions caused by military trauma. This is changing thanks to our Vietnam veterans, private causes and involved communities.

To many of our homeless veterans, life on the street is a war they are still fighting. But now, not for our freedoms, but for their survival. The Heart of America Stand Down offers them a break from their battle by bringing the community together, in a safe, violence- and substance-free environment. Heart of American Stand Down provides resources that make a difference. It is estimated several hundred homeless veterans live in the Kansas City metro.

What is needed

In-kind donations

In-kind contributions are critical to the success of these events. Heart of American Stand Down Foundation are a 501(c)(3) organization so all donations are tax-deductible. Receipts available upon request.  To make a donation or for more information about donating items contact, Stacey Johnson-Cosby at 816-591-5921 (call or text).

Shoes and Boots: (especially, men sizes 91/2 to 12)

  • Rain Boots
  • Work Boots

Clothing: (all sizes)

  • New White “T” Shirts (Sizes Med, Large, XL, XXL)
  • Socks
  • Work Clothes
  • Jeans
  • Rain Gear
  • Sweat Pants and Shirts
  • General T-shirts
  • Underwear (new sizes 32 to 38)
  • Jackets
  • Dress Clothes

Non-Perishable Food and Drinks:

  • Bottled Water
  • Drink Mixes
  • Entrees
  • Snacks

Personal Hygiene Items:

  • Shaving Cream
  • Reading Glasses
  • Deodorant
  • Facial Tissue
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Lip Balm
  • Razors
  • Shampoo
  • Brushes/Combs
  • Soap
  • Sunscreen
  • Wipes

Camping and Survival Equipment:

  • Flashlights
  • Lanterns
  • Outdoor Heaters
  • Tarps
  • Tents

We couldn’t do it alone

Hundreds of community service groups and organizations from the Greater Kansas City Metro come together to provide assistance and help remove the barriers that prevent homeless veterans from re-entering society as engaged, productive citizens so that they may live more fulfilling lives. Veterans can get assistance with medical, substance abuse, legal issues, taxes, housing and utility assistance, family counseling, spiritual, mentorships, educational and employment opportunities, haircuts, and much more.

More than 100 local private, government and faith-based organizations come together at each Stand Down to offer a hand up not a hand out to Kansas City’s veterans. The success of Stand Downs in this great city, past and present, is a result of this coordinated community effort:


  • Vitas Innovative Hospice Care
  • Corvette Club of Kansas City
  • Heart to Heart International
  • Marine Corps League
  • George H. Nettleton Home
  • Spencer Duncan Make it Count Foundation
  • Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers
  • Vietnam Veterans of America, Ch. 317
  • Mo Workforce Development
  • Kansas City Free Health Clinic
  • The Federal Executive Board
  • The Salvation Army
  • Patriot Guard Riders
  • Association of the United States Army
  • Universal Leasing
  • Singles Available for Community Service
  • Mid America Cobra Club
  • Park University
  • Grantham University
  • Sprint
  • Combat Veterans Association
  • Social Security Administration
  • Housing and Urban Development
  • IRS Administration
  • American Legion
  • Fontastic, Inc.
  • Aegis Business Solutions, Lenexa, KS
  • Catholic Charities
  • First Call Alcohol/Drug Prevention & Recovery
  • KU- Veterans Upward Bound
  • Pinnacle Career Institute
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.
  • IT Symposium
  • And many more……