Today, there are more than 40,000 homeless veterans living on the streets of America, 40% of them suffering from mental health issues. Even more alarming is that 9% of these homeless veterans are females, some with families. In 2018, the Cherokee County Homeless Veterans Program (CCHVP) processed 92 homeless veterans into the program, which provides a number of services, including short-term housing, food, clothing, job placement, VA Claims processing, and a vehicle donation program, to help get veterans off the street and back into society. There are NO shelters for homeless veterans north of Atlanta and up to the neighboring states of Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Another alarming issue with veterans today is that 22 veterans commit suicide each day due to issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and combat injuries. Mental health programs or treatment for many of our veterans do not meet their needs or are not available, leaving the veterans in many instances to deal with their condition as best they can. Cherokee County is home to more than 200 veterans with various forms of PTSD, and they and their families want and need help.
Charlie’s Christmas Wish, which was filmed entirely in and around Cherokee County, Georgia by Blue Heron films, is a story about an angel dog that helps both a homeless Vietnam veteran, as well as a returning Afghanistan veteran with PTSD.
CCHVP is planning a world premier showing of Charlie’s Christmas Wish for two shows on November 8, at the Elm Street Cultural Arts Center, located at 8534 Main Street in Woodstock. There will be 300 tickets available for each of the 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. shows.
The Event: The movie premier is being provided through Blue Heron Films, located in Canton, Georgia. The goal of this fundraiser is to help fund the creation of a Veteran Homeless Shelter here in Cherokee County. The movie is being shown the Friday before Veterans Day, and the focus will be on Charlie, the small dog in the movie.
Sponsors: Charlie the dog will be featured, and event promotors are looking for sponsors who have a love and focus on our pets, such as veterinarians, pet product suppliers and other pet services for the event.
Sponsor levels are as follows:
Sponsors will be able to be at the event, have signage for the event, and can bring samples to both showings. Members of the cast, including Charlie and a Veteran Service Dog, will be available for pictures. All sponsors also will be referenced in local press articles and ticket advertising for the event.
About Cherokee County Homeless Veterans Program: CCHVP was founded on Veterans Day 2014 and is a registered 501c19 Veteran non-profit organization. The program currently has no paid staff and is comprised of veterans and volunteers who draw no salary. Currently, all funds raised go to support homeless veterans in Cherokee County. Our goal for the creation of a veterans’ shelter is to support homeless veterans of not only Cherokee County but of North Georgia as well.
Information Contact: For more information on the event as well as sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jim Lindenmayer by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (678) 983-7590 (cell). You also can contact Pat Kenny, CCHVP volunteer by email at email@example.com.