Treats for Troops

Treats for Troops

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Blue Star Mothers of America are hoping to make the holidays a little cheerier for American soldiers stationed overseas. These mothers have children in the military so they realize how hard it will be for our soldiers being so far from home. A little taste of home can go a long way.

The East Bay Chapter will be putting together care packages that will be mailed to the military. The packages will include food items, fun stuff, and practical items. This list of acceptable items comes from their website:

FOOD ITEMS
Coffee creamer and sugar packets
Any Pre-sweetened powered drink mix (i.e.: Kool-Aid, Gatorade, Crystal Light, etc)
Hot Chocolate Mix (packets preferred)
Apple Cider Mix
Tea Bags
Tuna Creations or Chicken (packages that already have all the condiments mixed in)
Cup O Noodles, or Cup O Soup
Trail Mix, nuts
Protein bars
Microwave popcorn
Cereal Bars, breakfast bars
Pop Tarts
Instant Oatmeal or Cream of Wheat (Individual Sizes)
Cookies
Candy (any, even chocolate)
Gum
Breath mints

FUN THINGS
Hand held games
Board games
Travel games
Puzzle and word game books
Playing cards
Dice
Batteries AA, C and D size
Whoopee cushions
Paddle balls
Hacky Sacks
Yo-yo’s
Jigsaw Puzzles
Nerf Footballs, basketballs, etc.
Velcro Darts
Music CD’s – Christmas, too
DVD’s – Christmas, too
Holiday decorations (lights, tinsel, garland)
Small non breakable ornaments

OTHER
Socks, heavy, white and black
Zip Lock baggies, snack, pint and gallon sizes

There is also a list of items that are not acceptable, so check with the group’s website before sending off items.

Donations are welcome–including postage and supplies. If you would like to help out, here is their website: Blue Star Mothers of the East Bay The group will be packing up their goods on November 19th, 2005 and then mailing them on November 20, 2005.

Blue Star Mothers of America run these programs throughout the nation. Visit their website to find a local chapter: Blue Star Mothers of America

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