To show appreciation for U.S. troops serving overseas, donations of snacks, batteries, and personal care items are being collected August 7 through September 7, 2018 for the O’Fallon’s Support Our Troops Supply Drive.
The items most often request are (this list is not all-inclusive):
Personal care items: baby powder/wipes, eye drops, lip balm, tissues, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, shampoo/conditioner, bath soap/body wash, deodorant, body lotion, emery boards, Q-tips, eyeglass cleaner, women’s hygiene products, antibiotic ointment, hydrocortisone cream, disposable razors.
Snacks: protein bars, drink packets (powdered Gatorade, Crystal Light, etc.), tuna/chicken in a pouch, Cup-a-Soup, single-serve cereal, , gum, lollipops, hard candy, peanuts/mixed nuts, trail mix, , dried fruit/raisins, beef jerky, Slim Jims, Vienna sausages, fruit snacks
Miscellaneous: puzzle/crossword books, batteries, hand-held electronic games, markers (permanent, hi-lite), small flashlights, Beanie Babies, black crew socks, vitamins, Tabasco/BBQ/taco sauce packets
The donations can be dropped off at:
- O’Fallon’s Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon 63366
- The Renaud Spirit Center (RSC), 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon 63368
- Kokomo Joe’s Entertainment & Escape Rooms, 4105 N Cloverleaf Drive, St. Peters 63376
- Wilson Center, 1058 Rondale Court, Dardenne Prairie, 63368
- West Community Credit Union, 4161 Highway K, O’Fallon, 63368
Additional sites are posted at www.ofallon.mo.us/supply-drive.
The items will be boxed for shipping to troops on Saturday, September 8. To cover the cost of shipping, donations of $17.35 per box for a “Stamp of Support” are needed. “Stamp of Support” donations should be made payable to H.E.RO.E.S Care, and they can be dropped off, or mailed to, O’Fallon City Hall, 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Last year, O’Fallon sent 121 boxes to troops overseas.
“Our troops overseas deeply appreciate knowing that America remembers them as they serve, and they also welcome the practical, everyday items from home, items that are difficult to come by while stationed overseas,” said Kathy Halstead, O’Fallon’s Volunteer Services Manager. “Donations from this annual drive will be sorted, packaged and shipped as part of National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 8, which is one of several projects to be completed by caring citizens. We’re also encouraging people to contribute signed ‘thank you’ notes and cards for the troops, which will be placed into each box shipped.”
For more information, contact Volunteer Services at 636-379-5417 or www.ofallon.mo.us/supply-drive.