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Delta HS students start charity to benefit overseas soldiers

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RICHLAND, Wash., -- It started as a class project and it's turned into a food and goods drive to benefit American soldiers.

Two juniors at Delta High School started the 'Support our Troops' drive as a way to send care packages to troops.

More than 300,000 American troops are deployed overseas.

People are encouraged to donate non-perishable food, games, toiletries and even food and water dishes for K9 units.

"We thought it would be a good idea just because we wanted them to feel more comfortable overseas," says project organizer Haley Johnson.  "So we asked for card games and things to keep them occupied so they don't have to think about what they're doing for our country."

"I wanted to have a greater reaction than just the school. I wanted the community to know that the troops need our support and it's not just something that our school needs to do, it's something we need to do as a community," says project organizer Cecily Bader.

The drive ends Friday morning at 10, here's what you can donate:

Games
Playing cards
Dice
Dominoes
Hacky-sac
Board games
Word puzzle books
Video games

Food and Drinks
Jelly beans
Rice Krispy treats
Mints
Beef Jerky
Snack mixes
Sunflower seeds
Chewing gum
Nuts
Coffee
Sports drinks
Cookies/Muffins
Canned food items
Juice boxes
Microwave popcorn
Cereal bars/granola bars
Macaroni and cheese
Hot cocoa mix
Soup mix
Protein drink mix/bars

Necessities
Deodorant
Body wash
Toothbrushes & toothpaste
Inflatable pillow
Disposable shower towels
Bed pillows
Baby wipes
Razors

For the K9 Unit
Collapsible nylon water and food bowls
Paw pad salve
Durable rope toys
Durable chew toys
K9 eye and ear wash
Dog beds
Hand towels/washcloths
Grooming items (brushes, shampoo, toothpaste)
Treats and chews

Miscellaneous Items
Disposable camera
Long-distance calling cards
Music on CD's
Plastic bags
DVD movies
Newspapers
Magazines
Batteries (AA, D)
Air fresheners
Canned air
Sewing kit
Shoe laces
Ink pens
Notepads of paper
Envelopes
Stamps
Air activated heat wraps
Paper plates and bowls
Paperback books

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