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Volunteers collecting care packages for Eudora’s soldiers
Baby wipes, canned fruit and lip balm aren't the usual suspects on holiday wish lists. But then again, typical holiday gifts of sweaters and neckties don't do much good near the Persian Gulf.
For troops serving in Iraq, items like eyewash, crossword puzzles and beef jerky can be just as good as any package with a big, red bow. Organizers are asking Eudorans to pick up a few items from troops' wish-lists during their holiday shopping excursions.
The gifts will be shipped to units serving with Eudora soldiers, said organizer Shari Turnbaugh.
"We just want it to go to people from Eudora and let them know we're thinking about them," Turnbaugh said.
In past years, she said individual Eudora schools had sponsored gift drives for soldiers. This holiday season, Turnbaugh said, organizers were working toward a community-wide effort. In addition to the school district's four attendance centers, items can be dropped off at Pyle Meat Company, 800 Main St., and Cardinal Cleaners, 1402-A Church St., beginning Monday. The drive ends Nov. 22.
Suggested donations include:
¢ Writing paper, thank-you cards, holiday cards, envelopes and ink pens
¢ Sunglasses and sunscreen
kits, eyewash, lip balm, shampoo and conditioner
¢ Tan T-shirts, headbands and wristbands
¢ Playing cards, crossword puzzles, magazines, small electronic games, batteries, international phone cards, books on tape, and disposable cameras
¢ Canned fruit, sugar-free powdered drink mix, energy bars (not chocolate), chewing gum, chewy candy that won't melt (like Tootsie Rolls), hard candy, beef jerky, candy canes, boxed popcorn snacks (like Cracker Jacks).
Turnbaugh said monetary donations were also welcomed. Last year, she said the cost of sending items donated at Nottingham alone totaled $300. Checks can be made out to the Eudora High School Booster Club with "shipping to Iraq" in the memo.
For more information, call Turnbaugh at 542-5544 or 542-1068.