OT: Care packages for the soldiers.....

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OT: Care packages for the soldiers.....
Wed, 04-09-2003 - 11:04am
Our office is collecting items to send to some of the Marine units in Iraq. I'm sorry I don't have any information on exactly WHERE to send stuff, but I wanted to share the list of things that are the most requested from our brave men and women overseas, in case you want to send some stuff yourself. Probably your local recruiter or the nearest base could tell you how & where to send it.


Disposable Razors





Shower Gel


Baby Wipes

Hand Lotion

Lip Balm

Cotton Swabs

Eye Drops

Hand Sanitizer

Sewing Kits


Pre-paid Global Calling Cards (I've heard these are especially wanted)

Individually Wrapped Snack Items

Beef Jerky and Dried Fruit

Shoe Polish Kits

Disposable Cameras

Stationery and Journals


Small Footballs, Softballs

CD/DVD Cases with Zipper

Crossword Puzzle Books

Playing Cards and Board Games

Compact Discs

Current Movies on DVD

P.S. As I was typing this message, a special news report came on -- the statue of Saddam has come down. Yeaaaahhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Wed, 04-09-2003 - 11:09am
We have set up boxes around our offices and are collecting items for the soldiers. I'm not in charge of it, so I don't know where they'll be taking them either.

DD/DS were so excited to help me pick out stuff for the "soldiers". We got 2 grocery bags full of stuff. And DD drew several pictures for our soliders that we'll send along with our stuff. One she wrote, "I'm very happy you're keeping us safe!" She put her first name, age and city/state on all the pictures. I'm also going to get a few Kansas City postcards and write short messages on them to send off.

Thanks for posting, Rebecca!!


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Wed, 04-09-2003 - 11:24am
I am in in charge of a similar situation here in our housing community -- collecting paperback books to send to troops worldwide. It's called 'Operation Paperback' ... http://oppaperback.virtualave.net

Actually, I can't say that I am the only one in charge, because hubby is so excited by this act that he is almost as involved as I am! lol He can just relate to well to the need and desire for books while away - during his deployments, he said the only time he can really relax is when he has a book to "escape" into. The only problem is, their personal storage space (especially on a submarine!) is very limited, so they have to rely on the boat's library, which unfortunately is normally not stocked very well. He is thrilled to be helping out for something so unique.


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Wed, 04-09-2003 - 11:34am
Wow, I hadn't heard of that one. Can I send you a pile of books to send out? I have a bunch at home, I was just wondering what to do with it. Most are fairly recent, less than five years old.

Or else I'll ask my son's preschool, they might be sending packages to soldiers. I guess I should ask them, too. But just in case, would it be possible to mail you those paperbacks?

~ Limute

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Wed, 04-09-2003 - 8:00pm
That's wonderful, Rebecca!

Janet =)

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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 9:41am
limute ~ Just a heads-up.......I sent you an email!