2007-05-04 / Community

Last Chance To Show Soldiers You Care

By Brian Magoolaghan

There's one more chance to donate items for care package items that will be sent to U.S. troops fighting overseas.

The Wounded Warrior Project, St. Francis de Sales Parish Council and the SFDS Sea Breeze Golden Age Club will hold their last collection Wednesday, May 16. So far, the drive has been "very successful," according to Flip Mullen, one of the organizers. The groups are hoping to receive more baked goods this time around.

Mullen said 10 more packages weighing 6-8 lbs apiece, were mailed out along with t-shirts. The troops are going to don the shirts for a photo, which they'll send back to Rockaway, Mullen said.

"We are calling on our community members to once again help to support our troops who are fighting for us so far from home," the groups said in a flyer last month.

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 flypaper.

Additional 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 Wednesdays, May 16 from 10 a.m. to noon. 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.

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