All of us are painfully aware that many American soldiers won't be home for the holidays this year. If you know of a soldier who would appreciate a care package from kindly folks back home, our local VFW post would like to know. Pick up a yellow form at the Library (1st or 4th floor) to request a delivery to your friend or family member. The same form has a list of needed items you can donate: bring them to the blue barrel on the Library's 1st floor. Monetary donations are also needed, as the packages cost roughly $9.00 to mail. If you can't make it to the Library, you can still send in your friend's name or make a donation. Just call VFW Post #2992 at 847-296-9878 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org They can provide all the details and will make your the soldier in your life gets a nice surprise.
A Soldier's Wish List (this is a sampling - pick up a list for complete details): Personal items like:
- Lip balm
- Baby wipes
- Nail clippers
- Antacid tablets
- Hand-held games
- Pocket-sizes tissues
- Hand/foot warmers
- Snacks like mints, Chex Mix, Pringles, Nuts, hard candy, granola bars, microwave popcorn and much, much more! Please pick up a list today and bring some holiday joy to a soldier who cannot be home for Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's, and all the celebrations we enjoy this time of year.
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The photograph above is also from the Library of Congress, showing the Washington D.C. Christmas rush in 1941 as eager soldiers waited for buses to take them home.