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Donations Needed for Operation Stars and Stripes

Posted: June 28, 2011 3:21 p.m.
Updated: June 29, 2011 5:00 a.m.

SAFE Federal Credit Union, which operates branches in Kershaw County, has partnered with WIS, Wray Volkswagen Mazda and the Midlands chapter of Blue Star Mothers to supply care packages to troops overseas. Donations are needed for these care packages.

Through July 1, troop supply items may be dropped off locally at SAFE Federal Credit Union locations. Blue Star Mothers and WIS will assemble the care packages and send them off to troops.

Organizers encourage citizens to show their support by donating any of the items from below:

• Letters and cards of support and children’s drawings.

 • Personal care items -- baby wipes, Clorox wipes, dental floss/picks, disposable razors, baby powder, foot powder, Dr. Scholls moleskin, lip balm/Chap Stick, eye drops, contact lens solution, Kleenex, hair accessories, hand sanitizer, laundry detergent (small single-load packs), liquid body wash, deodorant, liquid, bar or waterless soap, lotion, sunblock, aloe vera, mouthwash, nail clippers, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream (non-aerosol only); toilet paper, Q-Tips, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, toothbrush, vitamins and shoe inserts.

• Miscellaneous items – batteries, disposable cameras, DVDs and CDs, flashlights, games and puzzles (hand held), hand/foot warmers, inflatable pillows, insect repellent (Deet, pump action or towelettes), miscellaneous cards for service members to send home, long distance phone cards, magazines, microwavable plates, cups and bowls, playing cards, dice, footballs, hacky-sacs, dominoes, shoe laces, writing paper, envelopes, pens and zip lock bags.

• Food items (no pork and anything that will melt) -- Altoids/mints, beef jerky, canned chicken, turkey, salmon, tuna, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, powdered drinks, Gatorade, spices, creamers, gum, Lifesavers, hard candy, cereal, dried fruit, coffee filters, microwavable popcorn, nuts, soups, oatmeal, Rice Krispie Treats and sunflower seeds.

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