With Memorial Day on the horizon, a local "Shoeboxes for Soldiers" drive has been launched.
A retired first sergeant from the Barry County area, who is passionate about this project but wishes to remain anonymous, has initiated the effort in the local area.
"I received these myself when I was in the combat zone, and it meant a lot," the man said.
Area residents are asked to donate items that soldiers would appreciate receiving while they are deployed. Suggested items include: candy; written correspondence; printed materials such as books, magazines and newspapers; toiletries; drinks; games; music; and food. A more detailed list of suggested items is published on page 2 of today's Times.
Items should be placed in large priority mailing boxes, which can be obtained free at the post office. The boxes measure 12 inches by 12 inches by five inches. If someone cannot get a priority box, they are welcome to donate just the items needed to fill the boxes.
All boxes collected in the local area will be transported to Springfield and become part of the Shoeboxes for Soldiers effort sponsored by KTTS radio station.
"Last year, they collected 400 boxes," said the local organizer. "My goal is to fill a semi. That's a lot of little white boxes."
"I want to do this as big as possible," he added.
|Boxes can be dropped off at local churches or at the National Guard Armories in Monett and Pierce City. The deadline to drop off boxes in the local area is Wednesday, June 2. Boxes will be accepted at Family Pharmacy in Nixa until Friday, June 4.|
To date, the local gentleman organizing the drive has raised $2,550 in funds from businesses and individuals in support of the project. This money will be used to cover the cost of mailing the boxes to soldiers. Each box costs $12 to mail overseas.
All area citizens are encouraged to participate in the Shoeboxes for Soldiers drive. For more information about drop-off locatins or the drive itself, call 417-389-0517.