The Ninth Annual “Bit of Home” event in support of our military troops will be held Saturday, October 12 in Roanoke-Benson High School at 9 a.m. when packaging will take place. Volunteers are welcome.
The Heart of Illinois Blue Star Mothers will be accepting care package items and monetary donations from now until October 12 for our deployed troops serving overseas. Item donations can be made at the drop off locations listed below through October 11. All donations will go towards the contents and shipping of care packages. Packages will arrive before the holidays.
Donation boxes for item drop off can be found at the following locations: Roanoke-Benson High School, Roanoke; Dollar General, Roanoke; So Fit Workout and Wellness, Roanoke; Flanagan State Bank, Benson; AJ’s Lounge, Benson; Minonk Community Bank, Minonk; Dollar General, El Paso; IGA, Eureka; IGA, Metamora; The Coffee Hub, Lacon; and Dollar General, Washington.
Monetary donations can be made payable to “Blue Star Mothers” and mailed to 401 N. Reiter, Benson, IL 61516.
For additional information, to volunteer or add a name to the care package recipient list, please contact Julie Wolf at 309-275-1551.
The following is a list of items that can be donated:
Food and Snack Items:
Gum, Hard Candy, Lifesavers, Mints, etc.
Fruit, individual serving cans –no plastic
Fruit rollups, fruit snacks, dried fruit
Nuts, Sunflower Seeds, Trail Mix… individual packs
Granola Bars, Protein Bars, Rice Krispie Treats
Carnation Instant Breakfast, Instant Oatmeal
Beef jerky (a favorite)
Pringles Chips, Chex Mix... single serving
Cheese or Peanut Butter and cracker combos
Ramen Noodles, Cup-O-Noodles, Cup of Soup Instant Soup
Ready to eat meals... Dinty Moore, Stew, Ravioli, Spaghetti, pastas (canned or Styrofoam single serve)
Macaroni and Cheese, microwavable single serving cups.
Tuna or chicken salad single lunch kits (no ham or pork)
Small cans of cheese dip and bean dip for crackers
Canned cheese, nacho cheese or bean dip, Salsa/chips
Microwave popcorn (buttered)
Note**Pork and pork by-products are not allowed to be shipped to most Middle East combat locations. Please use non-perishable foods only. Single serving package sizes only please.
Single serving drink flavor packets, Crystal Light, Kool-Aid, On the Go etc. for water bottles
Powdered Gatorade Mix
Instant Coffee, Hot Chocolate Mix, Tea Bags
Note**Liquids cannot be shipped. Single serving packets are best. Do not send glass jars.
Personal Care Items:
Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash– travel size
Medicated Foot Powder, Body Powder
Lotrimin or Tinactin for Athletes foot (ointment tubes)
Chapstick, Blistex, Carmex in stick tubes not tubs
Baby wipes, Kleenex – travel size
Liquid hand sanitizers, Disposable hand sanitizing wipes- Travel size
Lens Wipes (for cleaning goggles and eye glasses)
Mouthwash, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Dental Floss, Sticks or Brush Ups
Razors, Shaving Cream or Gel – travel size
Lotion, Moisturizer – travel; size
Feminine Hygiene Products for Women
Nail Clippers, Nail files
Hand and Foot Warmers
When soldiers are out in the field, facilities for showering and taking care of personal hygiene are infrequent and non-existent. Portable sized packages of non-alcohol-based baby wipes can be in high demand.
Foot care is critical and the demand for quality products is very high. Be sure that all items are in the original sealed packages.
Toothbrushes are in high demand. Toothpaste tubes get messy; the plastic “bottles” of toothpaste stand up better to the conditions of combat zones. The new Brush Ups are very popular and useful.
Green Military Boot Socks
Note**Fingerless gloves and stocking caps are appreciated during the winter months.
Small notepads - the size to fit a pocket they can keep dry
Notecards, Envelopes, pens
Decks of Cards, Dice, Small hand held games
Hacky Sacks, Silly String
Batteries (all sizes)
Movie DVDs (new or used, original only)
Current Magazines, Paperback Books, Word Puzzle Books
Note**Nothing with religious content will be accepted overseas
Letters or cards of support
Colored pictures from children
Letters and cards of support are always uplifting for our soldiers to receive. Cards from you, children, your business, office, school, church or other organizations in support of our troops. Colored pictures from children and adults are appreciated.