As people gather in schools throughout southwest Minnesota today to honor our veterans of all wars, I’d like to ask you to hit the stores afterward and buy some requested supplies for our soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.
They weren’t able to be here, in our communities, to join in celebration and honor of our heroes. Most of them won’t be here this Thanksgiving, sitting around the table and feasting on turkey and the trimmings. And, they will miss out on Christmas too — the feasting, family togetherness and the snow.
I know several churches are compiling care packages for the troops, as well as the AmericInn in Worthington.
On Monday night, from 5 to 7 p.m., the community is encouraged to stop by the AmericInn in Worthington to assemble care packages. If you know of a soldier presently serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, bring their name and address too — the AmericInn will make sure they get a package.
An article about the AmericInn Cares program was published in the Daily Globe last week. While numerous monetary donations were dropped off at the local motel, they haven’t received too many donations for the care packages. AmericInn is working with Minnesota’s Blue Star Mothers to send the packages out in time for Christmas.
I thought perhaps a complete list of items being sought might help you, our readers, develop a shopping list.
So, here it is, in its entirety:
Beef summer sausage
Instant oatmeal packets
Little Debbie snacks
Chips, pretzels (single serve packs)
Individually wrapped mints
Hot chocolate/apple cider mix
Gatoraid (single serve size)
Crystal Light (single serve packets)
Tea/coffee (single serve)
Deodorant (men and women)
Unscented wipes (small pack)
Baby wipes (small pack)
Individual Kleenex packs
Ziploc bags (snack/sandwich size)
Small paint brushes
Small hand sanitizer
Small sports balls
Please drop all your donations off at the AmericInn in Worthington by 5 p.m. Monday.