New Item Needed For Soldiers' Care Packages
By Brian Magoolaghan
A community collection drive for care package items that will sent to U.S. troops fighting overseas is going well, but one thing has been added to the wish list: flypaper.
"We sent out about a half a dozen packages already, nice big boxes," Flip Mullen, one of the organizers, told The Wave this week. He added that soldiers have requested flypaper for trapping airborne insects.
The Wounded Warrior Project, St. Francis de Sales Parish Council and the SFDS Sea Breeze Golden Age Club recently sent out a notice that asks for several different items and lists different collection dates. "We are calling on our community members to once again help to support our troops who are fighting for us so far from home," it said.
The flyer also thanked community members in advance for their support, requests: homemade snacks wrapped in aluminum foil and placed in re-sealable plastic bags; Global calling cards; magazines such as Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and People; tuna salad kits (the kind that includes crackers and a spoon, such as Bumble Bee); silly string (used for detecting booby traps); toiletries such as soap, lip balm, razors and toothpaste in (2-ounce bottles); gum and hard candy; packing supplies; baby wipes or hand wipes - and now flypaper.
More care packages will be made up using the goods that are collected and they will be shipped out to a list of local servicemen and women serving overseas, Mullen said.
The items will be collected by the St. Francis de Sales Sea Breeze Golden Age club on the following Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon: April 18, May 2 and May 16. Donations to cover the shipping costs will also be accepted. For more information call Flip Mullen at 718- 945-4593, Danielle Kelly at 718-634-3166 or Maureen McGee at 718-414-1280.