Donated Items can be dropped off at Castle Island in front of ‘Sullys’
So many people want to do their part to help America’s deployed troops but just don’t know how to go about it. Well, the Castle Island Association (CIA) in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will once again this year make it easy for you.
On Friday, November 11th, Saturday, November 12th and Sunday, November 13th, which is the long Veterans Day Weekend, they will once again be holding a collection called ‘Care Packages for our Troops’ at Castle Island directly in front of Sullivan’s Restaurant (Sully’s), where you can drop off much needed items to be put into the packages. The times of day the items can be dropped off will be 10am till 4pm all three days.
The following is a partial list of the suggested and most requested items to be included in the packages to be shipped overseas. But if you have no time to shop for these needed items, donations of money will also be accepted and put to good use for our troops.
Dunkin Donuts Coffee and Tea, powdered milk, Gatorade, lemonade, Crystal Lite, individually wrapped hard candy, Jello and pudding cups, breakfast bars, Slim Jims, dried fruits, microwave popcorn, Dum Dum lollipops, Dinty Moore meals, fruit cups, canned nuts, reading materials – magazines for the guys and gals, feminine hygiene products, sun block, bar soap, roll-on deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, tooth paste, dental floss and mouth wash, disposable razors, hand sanitizers and alcohol free wipes, band aids, Tylenol and aspirin, eye drops, foot powder, Tums and Rolaids, cortisone cream, Imodium AD, Neosporin and Chap sticks and of course, phone cards.
As was stated above, donations of money will also be gratefully accepted, all of which will be used to purchase more of the mentioned items to be shipped to the troops. Donations of money should be by check and can be made out to the Castle Island Association. Volunteers are needed to help with set up and to operate the collection tables at ‘The Island’ on the three days of this effort. To volunteer or to get more information you can contact Sheila King at 617-943-2081.
This ‘Care packages for our Troops’ effort has been run many times in previous years and has always been a success. The items collected, packaged and shipped to America’s men and women in uniform who are bravely serving and deployed overseas are very much appreciated by the troops and help provide many of the items they so often are not issued or are in short supply in the areas where they are deployed.