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Blue Star Mothers clean out hygiene stash to send needed supplies to soldiers

From left, Julie Poole, Rebecca Leatherwood, Laura Sutton, Paulette Martone, and Augie Martone pose near their filled boxes.<br>
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From left, Julie Poole, Rebecca Leatherwood, Laura Sutton, Paulette Martone, and Augie Martone pose near their filled boxes.<br> Courtesy Photo

Five Prescott Valley residents packed up eight boxes of hygiene supplies to send to Army personnel who are embedded deep in Afghanistan and who are re-supplied with only food and ammunition.

"They made a special request for hygiene products that they aren't currently able to get. So we packed all of ours. We sent everything we had on hand," said Rebecca Leatherwood, a Blue Star Mother.

Blue Star Mothers have sons and daughters serving in the military, and who support activities like collecting and mailing packages overseas.

The organization wiped out its supply of hygiene products and is now in need of donations of toothbrushes and toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, disposable razors, shaving cream, hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, conditioner, combs, brushes, ponytail holders, sunscreen, bug repellent, hand lotion, eye drops, cotton swabs, and shower gel.

Leatherwood said the best size to donate are the travel or hotel sizes. Blue Star Mothers have collection boxes at the Prescott Valley Safeway, Prescott Valley Wells Fargo main branch in front of K-Mart on Pav Way, Tim's Toyota Event Center, and the Administrative Building 1 (second floor) on the main campus of Yavapai College.

"People have been generous, but we can't really use giant-sized anything. We have gotten a lot of large bottles of shampoo, lotion, and bug spray," she said. They give the large-sized hygiene items to the Veterans Administration.

The Army company that benefited from the recent donations consists of about 1,800 troops - 75 percent males and 25 percent females, Leatherwood said.

The next meeting of Blue Star Mothers takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, at the Vista Point Clubhouse in the Granville subdivision, 4401 N. Tuscany Way, Prescott Valley. The public is welcome.

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