Volunteers in Puyallup are collecting snacks, books, playing cards, used CDs and DVDs and other items for soldiers of Fort Lewis’ 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division in Afghanistan.
But the deadline for making donations to Operation Make A Soldier Smile is coming up fast – it’s Monday.
Puyallup has a community connection with the brigade. Donations of food, music, games, stamps, pens, envelopes and personal hygiene supplies may be dropped off at Puyallup City Hall, 333 S. Meridian, or at the Puyallup Chamber of Commerce, 323 N. Meridian, Suite, A, according to a flyer.
The wish list includes non-perishable snacks like beef jerky, protein and granola bars, hot chocolate mix, coffee, pretzels, corn chips, hard candy and similar items.
Personal care products like deodorant, foot powder or spray, small wet wipes, lip balm, soap, shampoo, disposable razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste also are welcome.
Small toys for the troops to hand out to children may be donated, too.
Tax deductible donations of money to cover postage and shipping may be made by checks payable to AUSA Fort Lewis. Contact Puyallup City Councilwoman Kathy Turner at 253-848-2507 or 253-312-2262 about making monetary donations.
For more information and to see the entire care package list, go to www.cityofpuyallup.org.