Suggested items include, but are not limited to: tan t-shirts, flip-flops, white or army green socks, hats, gloves, blankets, body lotion, toothbrush, tooth paste, contact lens saline solution, band aids, surgical tape, gauze, Tylenol, Tums, allergy/cold medicine, Gold Bond foot powder, Lotriman Ultra, baby wipes, sun block, Chapstick, deodorant, razors, eye drops, Ben Gay, Icy Hot, Q-Tips, toothache medicine, earache medicine and feminine hygiene products for women.
Snacks that ship well include: beef jerky, dried fruit, Pop Tarts, hard candy, mixed nuts, granola bars, fruit roll ups, Ramen Noodles, tuna in a pouch, gum, mints, bottled water drink mix and cookies.
Soldiers can also make use of hand warmers, AA and AAA batteries, board games, handheld games, console games, puzzle books, puzzles, CD's, DVD's, pens, paper and playing cards.
Supplies that also come in handy are duct tape, electrical tape and super glue.
A retired first sergeant from the Barry County began the program in the area. The first sergeant is passionate about the project but wishes to remain anonymous.
Collection points in Barry and Lawrence counties are: the National Guard armories in Monett and Pierce City; the Bayou Restaurant; UMB Bank on Broadway; First State Bank; and the Purdy Farm Center. The Monett FFA Chapter will also be collecting boxes in a drive to be held at a later date at Monett Walmart Supercenter.
Barry and Lawrence county area residents donated over 400 shoeboxes for last year's Christmas campaign.
For more information or to get involved with the effort, call 417-389-0517.