Archive for Thursday, April 14, 2005

Drive planned for Eudora’s military men and women

April 14, 2005

A donation drive is being planned for April 18 to 29 to collect items to send to Eudora's men and women serving in the military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Eudora resident Shari Turnbaugh is leading the effort, asking for the community's support in sending the care packages.

"We do have a lot of people over there; a lot of good men and women," Turnbaugh said. "I think it's important that they know that people over here are thinking about them."

The drive has an entertainment theme, and Turnbaugh suggested donations of new or used DVDs, novels, magazines and other items to help pass the time. She said some of the soldiers have video game systems, so any new or used video games would also be useful.

Snacks that will not melt are also welcome donations, such as bubble gum, microwave popcorn, jerky and hard candy.

Convenience items are also requested, including hygiene items, facial tissue, lotion, cotton swabs, small packages of laundry detergent, fabric softener and baby wipes.

In addition, monetary donations will be accepted to help with the shipping costs of the packages.

Donations can be taken to Cardinal Cleaners, 1402-A Church Street; Pyle Meat Company, 800 Main Street; Eudora West Elementary School,1310 Winchester Road; and Nottingham Elementary School, 1428 Elm Street.

A similar drive took place in the fall of 2004. Turnbaugh said a total of 30 boxes were sent to eight recipients to share with their units as a result of that drive.

"It's been used by so many of the men and women over there," she said.

Turnbaugh said she would welcome more names of people serving in Iraq and Afghanistan as recipients of the packages.

"We'd love to get more names. We know there are more people over there," she said. "We want them home soon, but while they're there we want to make their stays as nice as possible."

To suggest additional recipients, call Turnbaugh at 542-5544.

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