Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A little way to say thanks to our soldiers

An author friend of mine, Julie Coulter Bellon, is heading up a great way to say "Thanks" to our troops. In conjunction with the release of her new book, All's Fair, she's doing a charity drive, "Skittles for Soldiers," all next week all across the Wasatch Front. Skittles for Soldiers is partnering with Operation: Care and Comfort ,who do these care packages on a regular basis and are affiliated with the Red Cross.

Julie says, "I wanted to give a little taste of home to the troops serving overseas, especially after working so closely with one Marine and his unit while I did research for my book. It just gave me a whole new perspective on the true sacrifice they make every day and how much even a little bag of Skittles means to the men and women serving in such places as Iraq and Afghanistan."

From July 14 to July 19th, you can drop off any of the items listed below at any Seagull location across the Wasatch Front, from Logan clear down to Spanish Fork. When you do, you will receive an entry to win a free autographed copy of All's Fair. Julie will be appearing on Good Things Utah on July 14th at 10:00 a.m. on Channel 4 to kick off the charity event and doing several booksignings that week as well. Let's help this July truly patriotic and do something nice for our men and women in uniform.

If you are interested, you can find more details on Julie's website, www.juliebellon.com. Please pass this along to anyone you might know who might be willing to help. Let's collect as much as possible and say a little thank you to our troops!

Suggested Care Package Items

Individually wrapped hard candy

. Twizzlers
. Tootsie Rolls/Pops
. Skittles
. lollipops
. Life Savers
. Sweet Tarts
. chewing/bubble gum
. mints, breath strips

Lunch box sized snacks

. nuts
. seeds
. pretzels
. cookies
. chips (Pringle type containers best)
. Cracker Jacks
. crackers
. Corn Nuts
. fruit snacks/fruit leather
. Gardettos
. microwave popcorn
. trail mix
. energy bars
. protein bars
. breakfast bars
. granola bars
. nut bars
. beef jerky
. fruit: cup/canned/dried

Instant meals

. instant oatmeal
. Kraft Easy Mac
. ramen
. Cup of Noodles
. non-refrigerated

microwaveable meals

. canned meats-no pork!
. stews
. chili
. ravioli
. soups

Hygiene

. hotel/travel sized: gel, deodorant, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, mouthwash
. small hand sanitizer
. toothbrushes
. dental floss
. sanitary pads /tampons
. twin blade razors
. eye drops
. nose drops
. unscented baby wipes/wet wipes
. Mach III Turbo Razor Blades
. small Kleenex packets
. Q-Tips
. anti-fungal creams
. Band Aids
. medicated foot powder
. sunscreen

Beverages

. sweetened drink mixes (ex. Gatorade, Crystal Light, Kool-Aid)
. hot chocolate
. cider mix
. sugar or sweetener packets

Entertainment and miscellaneous

. DVDs
. AAA and AA batteries
. pens/pencils
. blank greeting cards and stationery
. stickers
. disposable cameras
. AT&T phone cards
. condiment packets
. sandwich, gallon, quart, and snack-sized Ziploc bags (to make care packages)


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