Care Packages for Soldiers

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Send a Little Love to a Serviceman!

Through Valentine's Day (Feb. 14th) we'll be collecting items to go into care packages for a few of our servicemen who are on active duty in Afghanistan.  We hope to give these brave men and women a taste of the comforts of home even while they are in harm's way.  Below is a list of ideas for things they might like or need.  There are about 150 servicemen (and a few women) on the base which we're helping so don't hold back!

Suggested Items for Care Packages (Other items are welcome!)

  • Non-perishable Snacks
  • Shower Shoes
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Shower to Shower body powder
  • Jelly beans
  • Disposable camera
  • Rice Krispie treats
  • Altoids or mints
  • Beef jerky
  • Snack mixes
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Chewing gum
  • Nuts
  • Long-distance phone cards
  • Little Debbie's snacks
  • Ziploc bags (for keeping things airtight, watertight, and fresher)
  • Coffee
  • Gatorade
  • Jaw breakers
  • Music CDs
  • Toothbrushes & toothpaste
  • Inflatable pillow
  • Cookies or muffins in individual packages (Big bags often fill with dust if not eaten right away.)
  • Dominoes
  • Canned food items
  • Footbag/hacky-sac
  • Spices (crushed red pepper), salt, pepper
  • Squeeze butter
  • Pringles chips
  • Individually-wrapped licorice
  • Microwave popcorn
  • DVD movies
  • Ramen noodles
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Disposable shower towels
  • Olives, pickles, peppers (Be sure to add lots and lots of bubble wrap around these items.)
  • Cereal bars/granola bars
  • Microwave pasta that doesn't need refrigeration
  • Bed pillows
  • Soup mix
  • M&M's (plain or peanut)
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines (these don't have to be brand new)
  • Koozies to keep water bottles and cans cool
  • AA batteries
  • D size batteries
  • Air fresheners (...like stick-ups, F'breeze.)
  • Canned air to blow dust out of electronics
  • Stress relief squeeze balls
  • Sewing kit
  • Baby wipes
  • Board games
  • Shoe laces for gym shoes and boots
  • Brown t-shirts
  • Boot socks
  • Hand warmers
  • Inflatable seat cushions
  • Razors
  • Juice boxes and drink pouches
  • Ink pens
  • Notepads of paper
  • Word Puzzle books
  • Air activated heat wraps for sore muscles
  • Foot massager
  • Icy hot patches
  • Microwaveable plates, bowls, paper plates
  • Foot powder
  • Vitamins
  • Paperback books