Donations wanted for Operation Soldier

Operation soldier care, remembering those serving in Afghanistan this holiday, is underway. The project, now in its second year, is spearheaded by EPHS freshman Bryce Thornton with the help of Boy Scout Troop 48.

The deadline for giving is Nov.30. Items will be packed on Dec. 6 and 7 for shipping.

It costs between $10.70 and $12.75 per box to ship items. Donations of cash as well as items are needed. Cash donations should be made out to Boys Scouts of America, P.O. Box 1348, Eagle Point, OR 97524.

Figaro’s Pizza in Eagle Point will once again give half the profits for the entire day  Wednesday, Nov. 17 to Bryce’s project.   

Donations have been broken down into three categories: food items, personal comfort items and recreational items. No pornography or alcohol, no aerosol cans and nothing that would melt, such as chocolates. If you bake, remember it can take two weeks to get to the soldiers and you don’t want something that could end up as crumbs. Food items must be either vacuum sealed or enclosed in zip lock bags.

Food items such as dried items where they can add water, such as Ramen Noodles, jerky, protein bars, nuts, powdered drinks, (hot and cold), are a few ideas. One of their requests was Taco hot sauce so the White City Taco Bell has donated 2,400 packs of hot sauce.  Another firm has donated 4,000 packs of a dry energy-type beverage.

Personal comfort items such as wet wipes (very appreciated because of the sandstorms),  chap stick, lens cleaner wipes, soap and shampoo, bug repellent in cream form, and sun screen are suggestions.

Recreational items include Beanie Babies to give to the Afghanistan children. Sudoku, crossword books, magazines such as hunting, mechanics or men’s health magazines, prepaid phone cards, batteries, frisbees. Seven Feathers has donated 800 packs of cards, someone has contributed two large bags of Beanie Babies and a local dentist has given 500 toothbrushes, a thousand floss and toothpastes. Hundreds of DVDs have been donated for area children.

Other items already donated include the first 1,000 pounds of delivery free, thanks to Fed Ex; shipping boxes from Western Paper, and $1,000 from PremierWest Bank, as well as 2,000 postcards from Pronto Print and schoolchildren are writing letters to be placed in the boxes.

Donation containers can be found at Valley Feed & Pet Supply in Eagle Point, Big R, and at Grange Coop Stores.

Volunteers are definitely need for the packing process. First, items will need to be sorted, then packaged. Campus Life has donated their facility starting at 5 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 7.

If you have items to be picked up, call Bryce’s father, Darrin, at 541-944-3626. Other than during school hours, contact Bryce for information and more items on the list of needs and wants at 541-944-8253.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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