Operation Show We Care

Emmy -- November 24th, 2007

The Rockingham County Democratic Committee and Seven Generations are working with Frank Witt at Kitchen Classics to see that our troops have a good holiday season. Please take a moment to visit RockDem for a listing of items that are wanted/needed and things that are prohibited. While you are out doing your holiday shopping pick up some extras for these brave men and women; write a note to let them know how much you care and then take your items to Frank at Kitchen Classics. Let’s make sure they have a wonderful holiday season and never forget that people at home are thinking of them!

4 Responses to “Operation Show We Care”

  1. Lowell Fulk says:

    Thank you Emmy.

    A list of things we can send:

    All food items must be appropriately sealed and prepackaged.

    Do not send products in glass containers (unless they are bubble-wrapped a few times.
    Package all food items that may leak in zip-lock bags.
    Put all liquid items in a zip-lock bag.
    Due to the extreme heat, chocolate is not mailed during the summer months.

    WHAT CANNOT BE SENT:

    Pork products, Alcohol, Pornographic materials, liquid hand sanitizer, or Aerosol cans (they
    may explode). Visit the USPS at http://www.usps.com to learn more about APO/FPO mailings and view sizes of postal boxes available. Call 1-800-222-1811 to order free shipping supplies. Visit the Military Postal Service Agency to learn even more http://hqdainet.army.mil/mpsa/mid.htm.

    Canned Items
    canned fruit
    chicken and/or packs; pop-top
    peanut butter / Jelly
    sardines
    tuna and/or packs (tuna in pouches are best)

    Condiments
    cajun seasoning
    catsup
    garlic salt
    honey packs
    hot sauce
    Lawry’s
    mayo,
    mustard
    relish
    salad dressings
    salsa (don’t forget the taco chips)
    salt/pepper, sugar packets
    spices
    Sweet N Low

    Ground Coffee / Tea / Hot Chocolate
    (if they have a coffee-maker),
    cappuccino
    coffee creamer
    hot chocolate mixes
    instant coffee
    tea bags

    Microwavable Foods
    (if they have a microwave)
    Mac & Cheese
    popcorn
    brownie mix
    various mini dinners
    instant oatmeal
    instant soups / soups in pop-top containers

    Powdered Drink Mix Singles
    Crystal Light
    Gatorade
    juice boxes
    Kool-Aid
    Propel, etc.

    Snacking Foods
    beef Jerky / beef sticks, summer sausage
    cheese spreads / small Velveeta cheese blocks
    Dry Cereal
    Chex Mix
    chips
    cookies
    crackers for snacking
    Doritos
    dried fruit
    energy bars, Cereal Bars, high protein bars, energy bars,Granola Bars,
    fruit pies,
    gum, Hard Candy wrapped (no chocolate in
    summer)
    Little Debbies & other snack cakes
    nuts (all kinds)
    pudding cups

    Toiletries
    Advil, Tylenol, Cold/Cough drops, Sinus Meds
    Antacids
    Antibiotic Cream (Neosporin)
    Anti-Bacterial Wipes
    Baby Oil, Baby Powder
    Baby Wipes
    Bath mat
    Bath/hand/wash towels (dark colors)
    Blankets for cooler weather
    Body Wash / soap (be sure to triple pack the
    soap and not put it near the food as it leaves the
    smell of soap on the food)
    Chapstick
    Clothes Pins/Line
    Contact Lens Cleaner
    Cotton Balls
    Dental Floss
    Deodorant
    Disposable hand and feet warmers
    DUSTING CLOTHS for removing the sand from
    everything and every surface
    Eye Drops
    Eyeglass Kit
    Face Soap
    Foot Inserts for boots
    Foot/Boot Powder
    Insect Repellent Wipes/ non aerosol spray
    with Deet (need in spring/summer)
    Imodium
    Laundry Soap / Fabric Softener
    Air Freshener
    April 2007
    Lotion for body and hand
    Mattress toppers
    Mirror
    Mouthwash
    Nasal Spray/Drops
    Packaged Wet Ones / baby wipes
    Pepto Bismol
    Pillow with pillowcase
    Pocket Size First-Aid Kit
    Puma Stones for feet
    Q-Tips
    Shampoo
    Sunglasses
    Sunscreen
    Toenail/Fingernail Clippers
    Toilet Paper
    Tooth Paste / Tooth Brush
    Tooth Picks
    Twin Fitted dark sheets
    Vitamins

    Men:
    Razors, Shaving Cream in a tube, aftershave lotion (no fragrance)

    Women:
    Panty Liners, feminine hygiene products, conditioner, brush/comb hair
    clips/bands, non-aerosol hair spray, hair gel
    Suggested Clothing:
    Hats, bandannas
    Socks – white for PT; black for everyday wear with uniform
    Men’s T-shirts and underwear (all sizes)
    BROWN or GREEN for theT-SHIRT if possible.
    Proper issued military t-shirts can also be acquired at Army Surplus stores.
    Women’s sport bras and panties (all sizes)

    Suggested Fun Time Materials:
    Balls: soccer ball, baseballs, basketballs, volley
    ball sets, football
    Batteries: AA- C -D -9 volt
    Beanie Babies or stuffed animals (new please)
    Board Games
    Playing Cards
    CD Player with CDs / send batteries
    Dart Board with darts
    Disposable cameras
    DVDs (you can tape from television too)
    Electronic/Battery Hand held games (include
    batteries)
    Mailing Envelopes (no stamps) / Pens with
    Stationary
    Frisbee
    Greeting Cards they can send back home
    (variety)
    Mag flashlight bulbs,
    Magazines (all kinds)
    Mini Hand-held Fan or Water Misty fan
    Nerf Balls
    Packaged Poker Sets
    Plastic bowls, spoons, forks, knives
    PlayStation with games
    Puzzle Books/Word Find Books
    Sewing Kits
    Small flash light for reading at night
    Water guns
    X-Box with games
    Yo-Yo’s
    Zip Lock Bags & Plastic lock containers for sealing leftovers and personal items

    Special Note:
    Toothpaste is NOT one of the items in high demand.

  2. Emmy and Lowell, thank you both for really puching this forward. We are teaming up witht he local recruiters to get some names of our local soldiers sothat they can get stuff as well.

    Your actions are commendable along witht he help of some friends from the AMVETS Post #7 on Waterman Drive that are trying to find businesses that are willing to donate as little as $5 to help with the extremely expensic\ve task of shipping.

    I thank you all for all that has been done so far.

  3. I quess my spelling needs more help than my cooking…

  4. Lowell Fulk says:

    Thank you Frank, you got everything rolling. Maybe we can help a bit.

    Folks, the address of the drop off location is:

    Kitchen Classics LLC
    498 University Blvd
    Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    (540) 442-6368

    And get something to eat while you’re there!

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