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Saturday, December 9, 2006

Merry Christmas to our Soldiers

This is very last minute, but we would like to send a platoon of soldiers in Iraq a care package this Christmas. It will not make it there until February, but many people send stuff at Christmas, the bigger needs happen through out the rest of the year. That said, we would like to send a care package now, and then one again around the 4th of July.

These soldiers are away from their home, families and loved ones, some for the second and third year. These people are young, for the most part, and are giving up many of the things that we take for granted.

If you could find it in your heart to help we would like to have everything together and ready to mail by January 2nd.

Stuff that would be welcome would be:

First and foremost, cards and letters. You may wonder what to write, just tell them about your life and family, they will love it. Maybe share your faith with them, and let them know that you are praying for them (and then, if you don't already, add them to your prayers)

Then they could use stuff like:

calling cards, toiletries (kleenex, nail clippers, lipbalms, saline spray, vasoline, hand sanitizers, cottenelles, diaper wipes), cologne, soap, dried salami, pepperoni sticks, jerkey, candy, gum, lifesavers, playing cards, batteries (AAs being probably the most popular) books, fabreeze, paper/envelope sets, books of stamps.

This is just a start, try to image you are in a foreign country, far away from the grocery store, not to mention Walmart, then think of what you would really want.

If you could please drop your donations with Nancy Lamunyon (258-5576) or Liz Chesley (258-2191) or Jill Hart (258-2234). Or if you are in Lewiston you can drop stuff off at Liz Hawkes (258-5331).

We really need to have everything collected by Monday the 1st. Thank you all so much for helping out the soldiers this year.

Merry Christmas to you and your families.