Delta HS students start charity to benefit overseas soldiers
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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