Stand Down serves at least 125 needy residents

The inaugural Foothills Homeless Veterans Stand Down served more than 125 veterans this weekend, event officials said Monday.

The 10-county collaborative Stand Down delivered medical screenings, dental care, clothes, food and other forms of assistance to homeless and veteran citizens in the region.

In total, the event drew out between 400 and 500 total people to the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds in Newton, said Larry McMullen, co-chairman of the Foothills Stand Down.

To read more of this story, pick up the Tuesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.