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City Participates in “Operation Care Package”

Members of the Community Asked to Donate Items for Troops The City of Santa Clarita has teamed up with a local chapter of the “Adopt-A-Platoon” organization to collect supplies for overseas troops and is asking for help from the community. The charity project, dubbed “Operation Care Package,” is aimed at collecting letters and supplies for troops in more remote areas, who do not have ready access to a military PX. The City was approached with the idea of a charity drive by Kathi McIlvain, a member of the community who is involved with the “Adopt-A-Platoon” campaign. The campaign is run by several military chaplains in Iraq and Afghanistan, but is a non-denominational effort. Funds have already been raised to ship over eighty flat rate priority mail boxes overseas. City staff and members of the community are being asked to donate the following items to help fill the boxes:
Energy/protein bars
Ready-to-eat tuna or chicken salad kits
Beef jerky
Candy and gum
Individually packaged powdered drink mixes (hot cocoa, apple cider, fruit punch, etc.)
White athletic socks
Fly paper
Insect repellent w/ DEET
Stationary for writing letters
Batteries (AA and AAA)
CD’s, DVD’s, VHS
Disposable cameras
Travel-size game and playing cards
Shaving cream
Foot powder
Hand sanitizer
Baby wipes
Lip Balm
[NOTE: Only commercially packaged food/drink items can be accepted]
Anyone interested in helping can drop off their items at City Hall, located at 23920 Valencia Boulevard. A donation box is located in the first floor lobby. Members of the community are also asked to write letters to the troops and bring them, unsealed, for the donation box as well. The campaign will run from Thursday, March 9, 2006 through Friday, March 31, 2006. “The City is so excited to be able to help with this donation drive,” said Mayor Laurene Weste. “It is easy to forget that there are so many troops overseas that have no access to stores to buy the necessities that we take for granted. We appreciate what they are doing and this drive is the least we can do to support those brave young men and women.”

For more information on “Operation Care Package,” please contact the City’s Public Information Office at 661/255-4359.