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O'Fallon's “Support Our Troops Supply Drive”

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Annual “Support Our Troops Supply Drive” sends message of gratitude to those serving overseas 

 

To show appreciation for deployed U.S. troops, donations of commonly used items difficult to get while stationed overseas are being collected through O’Fallon’s Support Our Troops Supply Drive. The drive kicks off Thursday, August 11, and continues through September 11, with multiple collection sites throughout the community.

“Our troops overseas deeply appreciate knowing that America remembers them as they serve, and they also welcome the snacks and practical items from home,” said Kathy Halstead, O’Fallon’s Volunteer Services Manager. “Donations from this annual drive will be sorted, packaged and shipped as part of National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11, one of several projects to be completed by caring citizens. We’re also encouraging people to contribute signed ‘thank you’ notes and cards for the troops, including personal messages of gratitude, which will be placed into the packages being sent overseas.”

The items that troops most often request are:

Personal care items: baby powder/wipes, eye drops, Chap Stick, tissues, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, shampoo and conditioner, bath soap/body wash, deodorant, body lotion, emery boards, nail clippers, tweezers, small mirror, shower sponges/loofahs, Q-tips, women’s hygiene products, antibiotic ointment, Band-Aids, cough drops, disposable razors, hair brushes/combs, hydrocortisone cream

Snacks: protein/energy bars, protein powder, Girl Scout cookies, 5-Hour energy drinks, Mio liquid water enhancer, powdered drink mix (Crystal Light, Gatorade, etc.), Rice Crispy Treats, tuna/chicken in a pouch, gum, candy (not chocolate), suckers/lollipops, peanuts/mixed nuts, trail mix, potato chips (in a can), dried fruit/raisins, beef jerky, Slim Jims, Vienna sausages

Miscellaneous: puzzle/crossword books, batteries, hand-held electronic games, markers (permanent, hi-lite), small flashlights

Support Our Troops drop-off containers are located at:

· O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main St. (63366)

· Spirit Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle (63368)

· VFW Post 5077, 8500 Veterans Memorial Parkway (63366)

· Lindell Bank, 4521 Highway K (63368)

· Fox’s Pizza Den, 1120 Technology Drive, Suite 119 (63368)

· Julie Meyers State Farm, 8634 Veterans Memorial Parkway (63366)

· Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County – O’Fallon, #1 Club Way (63376)

· Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County – St. Charles, 1200 Lindenwood Ave (63301)

· AMVETS Post 106, 360 Brown Road (63376)

· American Legion Post 388, 706 West Ridge Drive (63366)

· West Community Credit Union at:

4161 Highway K, O’Fallon, MO 63366

2345 South Brentwood Blvd., St. Louis MO 63144

465 South Kirkwood, Kirkwood, MO 63122

· Krekeler Jewelers, Inc., 2938 Highway K (63368)

For those who would like to sponsor the shipping, a donation of $16.75 for a “Stamp of Support” will provide the shipping cost per box. Monetary donations can be made directly to H.E.R.O.E.S. Care at www.HeroesCare.org, or mailed to H.E.R.O.E.S. Care, 1306 R. West Lark Industrial Park, Fenton MO 63026. “Stamp of Support” donations also can be dropped off at O’Fallon City Hall, made payable to H.E.RO.E.S Care.