You might be feeling patriotic this week. As we approach the Fourth of July holiday, put that patriotism to work! WWAY is partnering with The Big Talker FM for the 6th Packages from Home drive, dedicated to the 120th Combined Arms Battalion and 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, currently serving in Iraq. We're a drop-off location once again and will be accepting donations of everything from socks to snacks, to personal care items for both men and women. The team from The Big Talker FM and Step Up for Soldiers will pack it all up, and ship it off to the men and women serving overseas. Donations will be accepted through July 18th at WWAY located on North Front Street near PPD, The Big Talker FM, and several other locations around town including Liberty Tax Service on College Road and Kefi on Eastwood Road. You can also drop off packages at the Pender Post. Items You Can Donate *FOOD:* Any ready-to-eat food items! Some examples: • Kool Aid Singles (pre-sweetened) • Crystal Lite Singles • PRE-SWEETENED powdered drink mixes (Gatorade, KoolAid, etc) • Vanilla wafers ('Nilla Wafers) • Graham crackers • Coffee (ground; vacuum packs or small cans) • Canned chili, ravioli, spaghetti-o's etc. • Campbells Chunky soup ready-to-eat • Boxed or canned potato chips • Canned salsa or potato-chip dip • Canned fruit • Canned tuna • Sunkist tuna "Lunches To Go" • Sunkist Chicken "Lunches To Go" • Power bars or Energy bars • Any canned meat product • Boxed cookies • Beef jerky • Kellogg® Pop Tarts • Trail mix • Chewing gum • Candy bars (Bit-o-Honey, etc) • Hard candy • SweetTarts, Tootsie Rolls, PopRocks, etc. • Peanut butter in plastic container • Jelly in plastic container • Ritz crackers, Wheat Thin crackers • Rice Krispie bars • Granola bars • BREAKFAST CEREAL individual sized • SMALL size hot sauce in plastic jars • Plastic forks, knives, spoons • Paper bowls, paper plates • Small manual can openers • Individual packets of mayo, relish, etc. (Can be purchased at bulk-rate stores) *PERSONAL & HYGENE:* • Insoles for shoes • Eye drops (for desert environment) • Lip balm • Eye wash • Travel size pillows and pillowcases • Twin size bed sheets and pillow cases • 1" paint brushes (to clean fine dust out of guns) • Fine makeup brushes (also to clean guns) • Talcum powder - small size • Deodorant • Body wash - small size in plastic container • Hand sanitizer - small to medium size • Mouthwash - small plastic containers • T-shirts • Towels • Hand & Body Lotion - small to medium size • SOFT 2-ply toilet paper (Charmin, Northern...) • Personal/body wipes (or baby wipes) • Band aids • Shampoo (small to medium size bottles) • QuattroPro razors and refills • Mach 3 razors and refills • Disposable razors, double or more bladed • Shaving gel (not aerosol) • Aftershave gel (no glass bottles) • Thick cotton black socks • White crew socks for exercising • Black shoe polish • SOFT COTTON boxer shorts (the funnier the better) Medium to XX-large • Nail clippers • Eyeglass cleaner • Bounce sheets (for fleas), flypaper, etc... • Lysol/Clorox cleaning wipes, etc. • Laundry detergent TABLETS or • Laundry detergent in SMALL boxes • Table top flashlights • Mag lights *FOR FEMALE PERSONNEL:* • Hair bands • Hair clips • Small mirrors • Non-aerosol hair spray • Hair gel • Facial cleanser, moisturizer *RECREATION:* • Model car or airplane kits • Glue, paint & brushes for model kits • CURRENT sport or computer magazines • Frisbees • Disposable cameras • Hand held video games (poker, solitaire, etc.) • Playing cards • Board games (used okay) up to 12" long box • Crossword puzzles • AA & AAA batteries • Compact Disc players • Music CDs • Personal size DVD players (used ok) • Movie DVDs • Laptop computers (used okay) • Dominoes • Yo-yo's • Baseballs and softballs • Baseball catcher gloves • Stationery, pens, envelopes, etc. • Beanie Baby type small stuffed toys • AT&T International PHONE CARDS (Be sure they are the kind you can use to call FROM the mideast TO the United States) *WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR WILLINGNESS TO DONATE!* !Please Note! -- We can not send alcohol, x-rated material, tobacco/cigarettes or pressurized items. -- Please avoid donating items in glass containers. -- Please avoid larger items such as quart size shampoo or large mouthwash. -- Plastic containers are best, in sizes up to about 10" tall. More info on: thebigtalkerfm.com.
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