Blue Star Mothers Looking for Troop Care Package Donations and Helpers

The Holiday season is fast approaching and the Blue Star Mothers are once again preparing Care Packages to send out to our Troops overseas. They have setup a goal this year of 300 to 400 care packages filled with personal care items, food/snacks, candy, cards and letters from the community. With these care packages the Blue Star Mothers send Christmas cheer, love and prayers, thanking them for their service and sacrifice. Donations of items for the care packages or monetary donations are needed and greatly appreciated! Donation deadline for care package items November 4th and can be dropped off at the Kenton Elks 157.

Also help is appreciated for packing boxes on November 18 at 1:00 pm at Mid-Ohio Electric 1210 Lima St. Kenton, OH 43326, with lunch being provided by Blue Star Mothers. Lets all work together to share some comforts from home and show our military men and women that they are always in our thoughts and prayers.

Here is a shopping list, feel free to make copies and share the list with anyone interested in helping.

**NO LARGE BOTTLES (8 oz or less)**

FOOD: Beef jerky, Granola bars, Healthy bars (protein, power, and nutrition), Cereal bars, Sandwich crackers (cheese, PB, etc), Tuna or Chicken salad in foil packets, Dried Fruit and fruit snacks Nuts, trail mix, Jiff-to-Go or Nutella spread, Microwave popcorn, Hard candy Gum (the kind in blister packs keep better), Honey (plastic container), Almond milk (non-refrigerated, individual size), Seasoning packets (ranch, Italian, etc.), Hot sauce (plastic bottle), Microwave cooked rice packets, Single serve drink mix packets for water bottles.

MISC: Pillow case, Multi-vitamins, Bug spray (plastic pump bottles only), Sudoku/crossword/puzzle books, Travel size card games.

PERSONAL: Ricola cough drops, Chap-stick with highest, Chew-able Pepto-bismol, Tums, Deodorant (men & women), Tylenol/Acetaminophen (No Ibuprofen or Aspirin), Dayquil/Nyquil, Body wash (women), 2 in 1 shampoo/body wash (men), Toothbrushes (individually packaged), Toothpaste and dental floss, Mouthwash strips (comes in little plastic packet), Foot and body powder, Q-tips (travel size), Disposable razors (men & women)m Nail clippers, nail file, emery board, Moleskin/mole foam (Dr. Scholl’s foot padding), Tissues (travel size), Sunblock (lotion type, no aerosol cans), Eye drops (for moisturizing).