Beginning today and running thru August 21st at 4 pm, Keller Williams Greater Rochester West in Greece and Keller Williams Greater Rochester in Brighton will be collecting items and money for care packages. These care packages will be shipped to our deployed troops, both on ships and overseas. All monetary donations will be applied toward the shipping costs of the care packages.
If you have a service member who you wish to receive a care package, please contact Amy Merrill at 585-758-8306 or Amy@AmyMerrill.net.
Keller Williams Greater Rochester West is located at 1934 W. Ridge Rd, Rochester (Greece), NY 14626. Contact is Amy Merrill 585-758-8306 or Amy@AmyMerrill.net
Keller Williams Greater Rochester is located at 2000 Winton Rd South, Bldg 1, Ste 201, Rochester (Brighton), NY 14618. Contact is Angie Flack-Brown 585-341-8722 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The list below is just suggestions from the Blue Star Mothers Roc Chapter 8 experiences from packing our sons and daughters care packages – what they have asked for, wanted or needed while deployed. Getting mail from home is so important to our deployed men and women, it is a big morale booster.
Our deployed soldiers, sailors, airmen, coasties, and Marines have little storage and generally must stow or carry nearly 50lbs in equipment and gear so think about size and weight when selecting items to send. Think camping when selecting items to send, the smaller the better, nothing in glass containers, no aerosols, nothing that needs refrigeration or will melt. Small plastic containers are best, trial size items are best, easy to pack and carry. The items in red below are always in demand.
|PERSONAL CARE ITEMS|
|Baby Wipes, packets or refill packages better than tubs, they take the place of a shower|
|Hand sanitizer, small bottles or single packages|
|Wipes, Anti-bacterial, Clorox wipes|
Saline Solution, small bottles
Saline spray, drops for noses
Lip balm, Blistex, Vaseline, Carmex
Deodorant (not anti-perspirant) roll-on or gel only
Foot powder, Gold Bond is popular
|Foot spray, Anti-fungal|
|Dr. Scholl’s Moleskin for sore feet, gel insoles
FOOD & SNACK ITEMS
|Shampoo, Conditioner; small plastic bottles Pringles|
|Body wash, small plastic bottles Crackers, boxed|
|Body lotion, tube only Cookies; no chocolate|
|Wash clothes Beef Jerky, slim jims|
|Q-tips; many uses, travel size packs Powdered drink mixes: individual packets|
|Sun screen, Sun block, Aloe Vera Canned meat (tuna, chicken, salmon etc)|
|Talcum powder, Gold Bond is popular Gum; sugarless preferred|
|Shaving gel, no pressurized cans Granola, protein, power bars, trail mix|
|Disposable razors, Quattro, Mach 3 preferred Pop-tarts|
|Toothbrushes Ready-to-eat pop-top lids: soup, ravioli, spaghetti, beef stew|
|Toothbrush caps Hard Candy; no chocolate|
|Toothpaste Canned fruit: pop-top lids|
|Dental floss, picks|
|Feminine hygiene products, pads & tampons|
|Laundry soap; small single load packs, trial size, or tablets|