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Send Santa To The Troops

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A collection drive for Operation Care Package has been set up with three local businesses, with each business offering their own incentive to encourage people to support our Troops this Christmas. Operation Care Package(www.operationcarepackages.org) sends items such as toiletries, batteries, coffee, beef sticks, soup, peanut butter & jelly, crackers, cookies, foot powder, lip balm, and other requested items to our Troops all over the world.


The first drop off location is Dave’s Auto, located at 11120 Front Street in downtown Mokena. They are giving $5 off an oil change for items donated from the wish list, and an oil change is a necessary service for your car before the start of winter. Eclectic Attic, the second drop off location, recently opened on the upper level of the Trolley Barn in downtown Frankfort. They are offering a 10% discount on all their new merchandise, and is a great place to shop for unique gifts and collectables.  EmbroidMe in New Lenox is the third drop off spot, and is located at 2457 Joliet Highway between Rt. 30 and Schoolhouse Road. Anyone donating an item at EmbroidMe will be entered into a raffle for a hooded sweatshirt that you can have embroidered with your favorite high school sports team.  The winning ticket will be pulled on November 16 at 5pm and the winner does not need to be present to win. 


The following item(s) are being sought for our Troops to qualify for the incentives: 1 Box Of Protein/Granola Bars, 1 Box Instant Oatmeal, 1 Box Of Hot Chocolate, 1 Pack Of AA/AAA Batteries, 3 Cans Of Hearty Soup/Stew, 3 Cans Of Tuna/Chicken, 3 Cans Ravioli, 3 Cans Fruit, Coffee (2lb Bag Or 8oz. Instant), Beef/Pepperoni Stick (8oz.-16oz), 1 Bag of Chocolate Bars/Kisses, 1 New Movie DVD, Blanket Throw, Sweat Pants, Adult Board/Card Game, Work/Mechanics Gloves, Phone Card 120 Min AT&T, Small Christmas Tree - 8 To 18 Inches Tall, 3 Pk. Socks (Men’s White/Black Work /Crew), Jersey/Sweatshirt (Sports Team, Harley, NASCAR).


The collection drive will run until November 16, 2012, at which time all incentives expire. Other items may qualify for the incentive, and a complete list of requested items can be found at www.operationcarepackages.org. For more information, please call Tim at (708) 244-3906.

Tim Howe October 11, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Dave's Auto is open 8am to 5pm Monday thru Friday, Saturday 8am to 12pm and closed Sundays.
Mary Beth Windberg October 14, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Also, On Veteran'd Day from 11:00-2:00 at The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center, Mokena Park District is running its free annual "Stockings For Our Troops" event. Come on out and we will provide everything you need to decorate a stocking to send to the troops. We are also collecting stocking stuffers. And there will be a letter writing station so you can send a card or note with your stocking. All stockings and donations are turned over to Operation Care Package for stuffing and forwarding on. Last year we sent well over 800 stockings!
Tim Howe October 14, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Thanks for the comment Mary Beth! Good to know! Let me know when you have a facebook event cretated so I may share it with all my friends.

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