After a successful Shoebox for Soldiers drive this summer, area residents are being asked to support a Christmas collection effort.
Beginning Monday, collections will begin for a Christmas Shoeboxes for Soldiers campaign. Participants are asked to fill a large priority mail flat rate box with items that soldiers would appreciate receiving while they are deployed over the holiday season.
|Suggested items include:||* Clothing: tan T-shirts, flip-flops, white socks, Army green socks, hats, gloves and blankets.|
* Healthcare items: body lotions, toothbrush, toothpaste, contact lens saline solution, Band-Aids, surgical tape, gauze, Tylenol, Tums, allergy/cold medicine, Gold Bond foot powder, Lotriman Ultra, baby wipes, sunblock, Chapstick, deodorant, razors, eye drops, Ben Gay, Icy Hot and Q-tips.
* Snacks: beef jerky, dried fruit, Pop Tarts, hard candy, mixed nuts, granola bars, fruit roll-ups, ramen noodles, tuna in a pouch, gum, mints, powdered drink mix and other non-perishable food items.
* Other supplies: hand warmers, batteries, board games, word search and Sudoku puzzle books, CDs, DVDs, disposable cameras, pens, pencils, hand-held games, duct tape, electrical tape and super glue.
The priority mail boxes 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. Thank notes can also be added to each box to personalize the gift.
Currently, boxes and donated items are being collected at the American Legion Hall in Monett from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays.
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. A broadcast to kick-off the Christmas campaign will air at 7 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 4 at 94.7 KTTS radio.
The local effort is being orchestrated by a retired first sergeant from the Barry County area, who is passionate about this project but wishes to remain anonymous.