Saturday, March 5, 2011

Over Thirty Mommy is Working Overtime to Support Our Troops

Over Thirty Mommy is Working Overtime to 
Support Our Troops

Interested in helping out? Send me an email and we can work out details. 

Over Thirty Mommy is working closely with a Delta unit stationed in Iraq to help keep up troop morale and provide them with a few of the basic comforts of home that they left behind.

Over Thirty Mommy is gathering together item such as snacks and coffee, clothing and accessories to wear when off duty (they do not always want to be in their uniforms), movies, entertainment items, reward items  (for when a soldier goes above and beyond, and even toiletries.

Over Thirty Mommy is personally working with  a senior member of the unit to provide unit members with items to help boost troop morale.  When speaking with a senior Delta team member, he told me that "Joe's appreciate just about anything" and  "that it would be great to receive things for Joe's to have fun with on their down time."

In my opinion, a happy soldier is a safe safer soldier.  They need these basic supplies to help keep their minds off of all they left behind.  If their minds are free of distractions, they are more focused on the tasks at hand and will be more alert.

We are collecting all items (excluding prohibited items such as alcohol, obscene material, pork or pork by-products, fruits, animals, and living plants).  

Interested in helping out? Send me an email and we can work out details.

Top requested items are:

  • COFFEE (Ground or whole; instant or drip. Ground is preferred), Hot Chocolate and Tea packets
  • POWDER DRINK MIX (Gatorade, Kool-Aid, Crystal Light)
  • TUNA & CHICKEN SALAD (in foil pouches, or ready-to-eat kits (no cans)
  • CHOCOLATE PRODUCTS accepted from OCTOBER through MARCH (it will melt in high temperatures!)
  • Cookies, Gum, Hard Candy (must be individually wrapped), Snack bars, chips, nuts, fruit snacks/rolls and trail mix (pretty much any snacks!)
  • MICROWAVE FOOD (Popcorn, Chef-Boy-R-Dee, Mac'n'Cheese...)
  • Caffeinated gum or candy (to stay alert)
( toiletries must list all ingredients to avoid allergies. The military issues toiletries to our troops, however troops often miss their favorite brand of shampoo or soap.)
  • BABY WIPES (travel size)
  • HAND SANITIZER (travel size)
  • Body Wash, Liquid Soap, Facial Cleanser
  • Shampoo /Conditioner (travel size)
  • Hair Gel (for female troops to pull hair back)
  • Combs / Brushes / Bobby Pins (in original packaging, please)
  • Deodorant (travel size)
  • Razors (not electric)
  • Shaving Cream in Tubes / Shaving Soap (No CANS of Shaving Cream, please!)
  • Lip balm / Chap Stick / Carmex / Blistex
  • Baby Powder & Foot Powder (travel size)
  • Tissues (individual packs; travel size only)
  • Hand & Body Lotion / Moisturizer (travel size)
  • Sunblock, SPF 45, Zinc, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera Gel
  • Bug Spray / DEET / Skin-So-Soft
  • Mouthwash (travel size)
  • Toothpaste & Toothbrushes & Dental Floss
  • Breath Mints / Breath Strips
  • Lozenges / Cough Drops
  • Loufa Sponges / Buff Puffs / Washcloths
  • Nail files / Emery Boards / Nail Clippers
  • Cotton Swab
  • s (i.e. Q-tips) - also used to clean guns!
  • Cotton Balls
  • Band-aids, Gauze Pads, First Aid Kits / Ace bandages, Icy Hot or Bengay cream
  • Moleskin
  • Shoe Insole Cushions (gel kind is best)
  • Tylenol, Motrin, Advil or Aspirin Packets
  • Eye Drops (i.e. Visine)
  • Nasal Spray
  • Vitamins (multi-vitamins are always needed!)
  • BATTERIES: (AA, AAA, C & 9 Volt are the most requested)
  • DVD Movies (new or used - recent releases only, please!)
  • Xbox Games, PSP, PS2 & PS3 Games (new or used)
  • iTunes® Gift Cards
  • RC Vehicles
  • 35 mm disposable cameras
  • Computer Flash Drives & Thumb Drives
  • Portable CD players / head phones
  • Electronic handheld games
  • Pens & mechanical pencils, small note pads
  • Stationery & Envelopes; blank cards to send home
  • Game Books: (Crossword Puzzles / Word Search Books / Math Puzzle books / MAD LIBS / Logic Problems / Sudoku)
  • Yo-Yo's, Dominoes, Playing Cards (new), Poker Chips & Mats, Dice
  • Board games (UNO, Othello, Checkers - travel size is great, too!)
  • Dart Boards (regular or magnetic - any size)
  • Nerf Footballs / Whiffle bats, balls & Mitts / Sports equipment
  • Frisbees / Hackey sacks
  • LINENS: Pillow cases, twin sheets, towels
  • T-SHIRTS: new (Sizes: M, L & XL)
     [Note: The DOD banned "Under-Armor" shirts due to its material being potentially flammable & bad reactions to open wounds.]
  • FLASHLIGHTS - SMALL (battery operated. Surefire Brand preferred)
  • AIR FRESHENERS (standalone-not plug-in. Car types are also good)
  • SOCKS: Black, Olive Green & White (cotton or wool)
  • Gift Cards to send home to loved ones (for Restaurants, Supermarkets)
  • Small toys (Beanie babies) & school supplies for Iraqi & Afghan children
  • Black or Green duct tape, small tool kits, dust masks, carpentry tools, Fly swatters, fly paper, mosquito netting, bug repellent in plastic pump bottles only. (NO AEROSOL CANS, PLEASE!)
  • Paint brushes, adhesive wall hooks, sponges
  • Gun cleaning supplies (lube) such as Militec-1 & CLP
  • Sunglasses (Ballistic, black only. No "mirror" types)
  • Alarm Clocks (Small in size; wind-up or battery-operated)
  • Small, portable heaters & fans (110 voltage okay)
  • Water Bottles, Travel Mugs & Thermoses with Lids, (for Coffee, Tea & Soup)
  • Coffee Makers & Filters (110 voltage okay)
  • Microwave Ovens (55 pounds max; 110 voltage okay)
  • Hot Pots - Small
  • Elixir & Water Purification Tablets for Camelbaks
  • K-9 items:
    Dog treats, toys, shampoo, flea collars, etc.

 Interested in helping out? Send me an email and we can work out details.  


Anonymous said...

Good luck with this important initiative. I hope you get all the help you need. I follow you on Twitter and decided that I didn't want to miss anything. I'm a new GFC follower.

Rita @YippyMomma said...

Hi. Visiting from DDDivas. This is really great that you're doing this. Good luck with everything!

Melanie said...

This is a wonderful project... wish you all the best... and lots of love to our troops..

Shasta said...

How awesome. I come from a military background and I am thankful for people like you. My parents were in the Navy, my brother is in the Army, and we are in the USCG! Your work is just as important as those serving our country! Thank you!


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