Editorial: Thank our troops with needed items
This week, we all will be giving thanks for something, including American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. But instead of thanking them in prayers, we can thank them with things they want and in some cases need.
One of The Daily Courier's delivery persons, Leigh Cluff, has a son-in-law currently serving in Iraq. Leigh said that in a recent e-mail, her son-in-law suggested care packages with Christmas cookies and candies to boost morale, and crossword and other word games, hand-held electronic games and CDs and DVDs to bring life to periods of boredom. They also need toiletries and the oft forgotten multiple pairs of socks.
All sizes of batteries are important. They need cold and hot packs and wraps for sore muscles, vitamins, hand warmers, cans of compressed air to blow sand out of electronics, shoe laces for both gym shoes and boots, "koozies" to keep bottles or cans cool, long distance phone cards so they can call home, individually wrapped bags of coffee, and sewing kits. The latest Daily Courier is always important. A number of computer websites have quite an extensive list - much more than above.
The U.S. Postal Service website - www/usps.com/supportingourtroops - recommends sending packages to a specific soldier, include the unit number and APO (Air/Army Post Office) or FPO (Fleet Post Office) with the nine-digit zip code on the address label, and a return address. The postal service also has a special flat-rate priority mail box just for troops. It doesn't take much asking around among friends co-workers to find a soldier who can use the help.
A number of non-profit, church, scouts and clubs, along with individuals, have collected items and packed and shipped boxes for the troops in the past. Kudos to them, but that does not mean we can stop sending care packages. Our troops are protecting us and promoting democracy. They need our support and help today, tomorrow and every day.