Hey all! Just got an opportunity to do something to thank our incredible military, and thought I’d pass it on!

I’m watching news footage of our amazing military in foreign countries, basically running TOWARDS danger, artillery fire, etc (whereas at the first sound of artillery fire down MY street, I’d be diving under the bed and screaming for my Momma…), when I got the thought that perhaps I’d apply MY particular know-how to help thank them for their efforts.

There’s a fantastic program called OTA – Operation Troop Aid, that has been incredibly successful in sending troops just what they need, when & where they need it. http://www.operationtroopaid.org.

If you’d like to get together with some friends, co-workers, etc & “adopt” a regiment, your efforts will be greatly appreciated. The list for our regiment’s requests is below, pretty basic stuff, and all found easily at your local discount grocery! You’d be amazed how far $50 goes at covering the list! With a basic $50, I was able to put together a huge box with specialty coffee, cocoa, trail mix, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, soap, sunblock, chapstick, razors, shampoo, etc.

Keep in mind, you don’t necessarily have to go out and buy anything for this. If cash is tight, take a look around – do you have sports equipment (footballs, baseballs, basketballs) that you don’t use anymore? How about last year’s collection of “Sports Illustrated” that’s collecting dust? Imagine our troops, overseas for a year, opening a box filled with a year’s worth of “Rolling Stone” magazine that WAS sitting on your shelf taking up space! They get a fabulous surprise, and YOU now have free space for something new! Everyone’s a winner! 🙂

Many thanks to our brave military for keeping us safe – have a great day, everyone!

Unit Name: Pa National Guard, 1-110th Infantry, attached to 178th Field Artillery
Mission: Provide Security and Eliminate Taliban influence in Afghanistan

Items they need!
ENTERTAINMENT ITEMS (new or gently used):
DVD Movies (current titles and classics)
DVDs of popular TV shows
Music CDs (CURRENT titles or Classic Rock)
Board games
AAA batteries
Unused AT&T phone cards (AT&T International preferred)
Hand held electronic games
Playing cards and poker chips
Video game systems and games (PlayStation 2, X-box 360)
Magazines (men’s interests, outdoors, sports, news, etc.)
Puzzle books (Sudoku, Crossword, etc.)
MP3 players
Sports equipment (footballs, softball, baseball, soccer, etc.)

FOOD (unopened):
Pre-packaged snacks
• Beef jerky, nuts, tuna packets, beef sticks, trail mix, dried fruit, popcorn, granola bars, energy bars, etc.
• Individual serving packets of cookies, crackers, chips, pretzels, etc.
• Specialty ground coffee (Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, Tully’s etc.)
• Hot chocolate
• Powdered Drink mixes (Gatorade or other energy drinks, sweetened kool-aid or other brands
CLOTHING/BEDDING (new and unused):
White and black athletic socks
BLACK gloves, knit caps
Twin sheet sets
Twin sized blankets
Twin sized comforters
T-shirts (X and XL)
Bath towels and washcloths
Flip flops / shower shoes

Baby Wipes
Men & Women Triple blade Razors
Shaving supplies
Shower gel, liquid soap, bar soap
Foot powder
Hand sanitizer
Baby wipes and hand wipes
Sun block
Travel sized toothpaste
Toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss
Feminine hygiene items

Thanks for your support!