Remember, Goodies For For Our Troops is packaging items for the troops this weekend at the Free Methodist Church basement at 69 Central Avenue in Wellsboro.
For the first time this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and this Sunday, Jan. 22, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Goodies packaging will be at the Free Methodist Church basement—not at Park Hill Manor.
Dawn Pletcher, founder and co-director of Goodies For Our Troops, pointed out that Sunday packaging hours are different. “We had to change our hours to 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. this Sunday because of church services.”
The actual move from Park Hill Manor to the Free Methodist Church took about an hour on Jan. 7.
Pletcher added, “Please enter the parking lot at the main entrance by the sign and do not block the mail trucks in that are parked there.”
The troops’ biggest needs this month are warm socks, travel-size Wet Wipes in the individual red package, Slim Jims (no pork or ham), milk chocolate candy bars, Tootsie Roll Midgees, regular and fun size M&Ms as well as homemade cookies, fudge and marshmallow treats minus icing, raisins and nuts as they don’t ship well. People are encouraged to donate individual servings of hot chocolate and oatmeal as well as hand, foot, and body warmers like hunters use and warm socks.
Also needed are beef jerky, non-aerosol men’s deodorant, travel-size hand sanitizer, “To Go” powdered drinks in straws (Crystal Light, Propel, etc.) that troops can use to flavor water, Oreo cookies in individual serving packs and Chiclet-type gum. The troops also enjoy getting Reese’s Pieces, Hershey’s Kissables, individually wrapped hard candy of any kind and lollipops.
The troops are also asking for individual servings of granola bars, dried fruits (any kind except prunes) and trail mix. They also enjoy the tuna and chicken salad “Lunch to Go” and individual servings of canned fruits and nuts. The troops can use foot aids (insoles, cream, etc.), disposable razors, cough drops, as well as travel-size body wash, lotion, shampoo, and SkinSoSoft!
DVDs, CDs and video games and December, January and February issues of men’s magazines are also requested.
Goodies is continuing its mission to help military families at Fort Benning, Ga., and in non-combat locations overseas and are asking people to donate manufacturers’ coupons that the troops can use at their commissaries and PXs. Cut them out and sort them into food and non-food with the oldest expiration date on top and the most recent date on the bottom.
For the Combat Support Hospitals and Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany, the troops can use brand new CDs and DVDs in unopened packages, international calling cards, men’s boxer shorts, undershirts, shower shoes and sweat pants. They prefer brown or tan clothing items.
Also needed is money to pay for postage and buy goodies when necessary.
For more information about Goodies For Our Troops, to have donated items picked up, or to add the name of a person currently serving in the military, contact Pletcher at (570) 662-5601 or e-mail Goodies@ptd.net.