Join Friends of CHS in Supporting Our Troops
You can easily brighten the day of a local soldier stationed overseas! For the ninth year, Friends of Coffey Health System is compiling care packages to send to local troops stationed overseas, including canine units.Everyday items such as toiletry/hygiene items; snacks; playing cards; crossword/Sudoku books; gently-used magazines, CDs & paperback books; and leftover Halloween candy are greatly appreciated by service men and women deployed overseas.A soldier in the 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red One) wrote, “Your gifts bless us this holiday season and brought us a taste of home … One soldier even remarked that this was the only mail and gift he received this year. Thank you for making that possible and for being a blessing to so many.” Over the past eight years, Friends of Coffey Health System have collected and sent 775 care packages. Last year alone, they shipped 179 flat-rate boxes to four different military units including four canine units. Monetary donations help to cover postage expenses and purchase additional goods. The care packages also include handwritten cards and letters from local schoolchildren.Last year, international pet toy manufacturer Kong generously donated two boxes of chew toys recommended for military canines. “There are so many ways to participate and help us reach even more soldiers,” said volunteer Linda Booth. “Individuals, families, churches, businesses, and civic groups can help collect items or contribute toward the postage expense. We also welcome help in putting together these care packages filled with everyday items like personal hygiene products, snacks, and books, which might not seem like much to us, but are powerful morale boosters and are greatly appreciated by the soldiers who receive them.” Collection boxes are placed in the Coffey County Hospital gift shop, Hoover’s Thriftway, Shopko, the Coffey County Register of Deeds Office. Schools, 4-H groups, American Legions, and other civic groups are also involved in the collection process.
Friends of Coffey Health System will have tables set up at Hoover’s Thriftway on October 7, 21, & 28. The volunteers will collect items until November 3.
Additional names and addresses are also being sought of military personnel who are stationed overseas. If you know of someone who should receive one of these care packages, call Booth at (620) 364-8015 or the hospital gift shop at 364-2121 Ext. 4267.
Donation Ideas Include:
DeodorantToothbrushesToothpasteShampooConditionerLip balmSunblock (non-aerosol)Clorox wipesBaby wipesFeminine hygiene productsBody washLaundry podsSmall coffee, tea, cocoaSingle-serve food itemsInstant foodsCrackers/cheeseProtein bars, healthy snacksDried fruit, nutsMicrowaveable popcornInstant soupSmall canned meatsFruit cupsBeef jerkyMicrowaveable mealsSocksGently used magazines, CDs, booksPlaying cardsCrossword puzzle booksSudoku booksWriting materials, pensHoliday cardsWater enhancersTravel-size tissuesLotion, hand sanitizerRazorsFoot care itemsLeftover Halloween candyItems for canine unitsKong brand rubber ballsCanine shampoo & conditionerCanine eye washMade in USA treatsCollapsible nylon dog bowlsLarge rope chewsCanine grooming toolsBootiesGoggles
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