The Greater Storm Lake Area Jaycees are sponsoring Operation Hometown Support and urging everyone in the community to participate in supporting our soldiers overseas.
This project consists of collecting personal care items and food items that soldiers could use while working hard overseas. We will then package the care boxes and send them to area service men and women.
You can assist in providing support to our soldiers by either donating the needed supplies, assisting with postage expenses, or by sending words of encouragement to our soldiers overseas.
There will be several drop-off sites located through out the Storm Lake area to place donated supplies. Locations are Hy-Vee, Bomgaars, McDonald's, Fareway, Abner Bells, and Sports Rehab.
There will also be a collection envelope at these sites for those of you who would like to write letters or cards of encouragement to our soldiers overseas, please leave cards/letters in an unsealed envelope.
If you would to make a monetary donation to the cause to assist in postage expenses of our care packages, the following businesses will accept cash donations: Citizens, Security, First Federal, and Central Banks, and Amerihost Inn. Please make checks payable to the Storm Lake Jaycees, Attn: Operation Hometown Support.
Also for those in Albert City Area, donations will be taken at the Albert City-Truesdale School or you can contact Sarah Demers at 732-6464. For individuals in the Newell area, donations may be dropped off at the Newell Good Samaritan Center.
Another important aspect of this operation is to make sure all of our local soldiers that would like to receive a care package from the citizens of the Storm Lake Area, please contact the SL Chamber of Commerce at 732-3780.
Thank you for your generosity and hometown support in aiding our local service men and women.
WHAT OUR SOLDIERS WANT AND NEED:
Lip balm, dry skin lotion, hand creams, foot creams or powders, aloe vera cream for cuts and wind burn, sun block (30 plus SBP), large baby wipes, nail files, clippers, q-tips, hand sanitizers, facial cleansing pads, non medicated eye drops, mole skin and blister packs, multivitamins, Vitamin C tablets, Vitamin E Zinc tablets, cough drops, throat lozenges, athlete's foot powder, baby powder, individual pack of tissues, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, disposable razors, blades, shaving cream, toilet paper, deodorant, combs or any other generic personal and health care items.
Snack foods and prepackaged food items: (Nothing that contains Pork): flavored teas, individual packs of Crystal lite, flavored instant coffee, packs of hot cocoa mix, microwave popcorn, peanuts, Pringles, potato chip sticks, pretzels, cup of soup mix, pop top cans of tuna, chicken or Vienna sausages, beef and turkey jerky, packs of cheese and crackers, cups of pudding and fruit, trail mix, granola bars, fruit roll-ups, dried fruit, nuts, instant oatmeal, individually wrapped pieces of hard candy, gum, jolly ranchers, "Junior" size baby puddings and desserts, individually packaged Rice Krispie treats, individual packages of sweetened dried cereal and etc.
Other items such as disposable cameras, small puzzles, crossword and search, a word books, drawing tablets, colored pencils or chalk, small hand held electronic games, current CDs, nerf balls, pens, stationery, flash lights, batteries AA and AAA, phone cards, postcards, regular unused greeting cards, fly swatters, mouse traps, dominoes, cribbage boards and playing cards, and heavy weight Ziploc bags (to store their things to keep them dry).