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Group is collecting items for soldiers: Blue Star Mothers organizes 'Thanks for Giving' project

The Blue Star Mothers of Alexandria is inviting the public to donate items to send to soldiers overseas for its "Thanks for Giving" project.

Care packages with the donated items will be sent to troops overseas. Organizers said this is a great way to show support and to give encouragement to those soldiers who are defending the country's greatest treasure - freedom.

Blue Star Mothers of Alexandria is organized by a group of proud local moms of sons and daughters serving in the U.S. military.

Every donation and letter will be received with the deepest appreciation, said organizers. The Blue Star Mothers group accepts all responsibility for shipping and handling of packages sent to the troops.

If you know of someone serving in the military overseas who would appreciate a package and/or letter, contact the Blue Star Mothers by mailing the person's name and address to Blue Star Mothers, P.O. Box 1205, Alexandria, MN 56308.

Suggested donation items include the following:

•Letters and cards.

•International phone cards.

•Stationery, envelopes and pens.

•Hand sanitizer, wet wipes, zip lock bags.

•Powdered drink mix packets, such as Kool-Aid, Gatorade or Crystal Light.

•Dry foods such as beef jerky, granola bars, energy bars, dried fruits, meat sticks, nuts, trail mix, gum or even cheese and cracker packs.

•Pudding packs, fruit cups, canned tuna and chicken, candy such as M&M's.

•Travel size personal hygiene items such as toothbrush and soap cases, toothbrushes, lip balm (Chapstick), eye drops, foot powder, lotion, shampoo, cotton swabs, Kleenex, cotton balls, dental products or wipes for eyeglasses.

•Sunblock, aloe vera gel and bug spray.

•CDs and DVDs, paperback books, magazines, games or decks of cards.

•School supplies for Iraqi and Afghan children - pencils, crayons, notebooks or even small toys or children's sunglasses.

Items can be dropped off this week at the Alexandria National Guard Armory between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Deadline to drop off items is this Friday, November 6.

For more information, contact Roxanne at (320) 852-7533.