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Georgia College students launch project to help needy veterans

For a class project, a group of Georgia College students helped to organize a huge drive to help struggling veterans and others in the community called Operation Stand Down / Chris Hinson (WGXA)

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Those that served their country in the past and who now need help were the focus of a local push on Tuesday to make a difference.

For a class project, a group of Georgia College students helped to organize a huge drive to help struggling veterans and others in the community called Operation Stand Down.

The idea is to bring together 45 organizations from around Georgia and pair them with 50 volunteers and 120 Georgia College students to make a difference.

The professor, Cynthia Orm, behind it said it is a lesson much bigger than you can get in a textbook.

"To understand there are people out there, who need help who might need a step up, and they can look just like them and to understand that they want to meet those needs in whatever way they can and hopefully this project will give them a better understanding of that," Orm said.

The students helped organize, plan and staff Tuesday's event.

Through Operation Stand Down, each person received an outfit, a meal and toiletries and other supplies in addition to services from different help organizations.

Meals were served to around 800 needy people and volunteers.

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