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Folsom group to send 1,000 care packages to troops

Support 4 Soldiers needs community donations to reach goals
By: Laura Newell, Of the Telegraph
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KNOW AND GO

A fundraiser for Support 4 Soldiers will be from 4-10 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Romano's Macaroni Grill, 2739 E. Bidwell St., Folsom. Macaroni Grill will give 15 percent all of all proceeds during the event to Support 4 Soldiers. For more information, call 984-9401 or visit support4soldiers.org.

The Folsom-based organization Support 4 Soldiers will lead their fifth annual Christmas Care Package Project and third annual Healing Heroes Project, just in time for the holiday season.

The Christmas Care Package project supports deployed soldiers serving around the world during the holidays, said Support 4 Soldiers Director Carol Canfield.

“We send care packages to encourage, honor and show respect for our deployed troops because they, and their families, sacrifice so much to protect our freedom. Freedom is not free, so we do as much as we can to let them know that they are not forgotten,” Canfield said. “A personal touch is added to every care package with dozens of encouraging messages in greeting cards, a patriotic poem written by an 11-year-old and a touching letter from a WWII prisoner of war.”

All donated items are sent in care packages to individual soldiers deployed around the world, and in all branches of our military forces, including sailors in submarines, Canfield said.

“Our soldier’s wish list is based on feedback from soldiers we have already served,” she said. “We also respond to special requests from soldiers who sign up for a care package on our website.”

The Healing Heroes Project, helps send requested items to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where many seriously injured soldiers receive extensive medical treatment. These soldiers are not only injured, but are also separated from their families and units, Canfield said.

“When these courageous men and women are brought in from the battlefield, their uniforms are cut off at the hospital, so they literally don’t even have their uniform on their back,” Canfield said. “Yet after they rest and heal from their injuries, most of them return to the battlefield.”

Canfield said there are a couple of ways community members can help the organization achieve their goal of sending 1,000 care packages to troops during the holiday season.

First, people can purchase items found on the “Soldiers Wish List” or the “Healing Heroes” list. Donations can be dropped off at 241 Blue Ravine (Natoma Station), Suites 300 and 350. For office hours, call (916) 337-1963.

Second, monetary donations can help defray the high cost of shipping care packages.

“Funding is crucial to help us continue sending our love, support, encouragement and a taste of home to our guys and gals in uniform,” she said.

A tax-deductible donation via check can be made payable to, “Support 4 Soldiers,” and mailed to, Support 4 Soldiers, c/o Assist Local Foundation, PO Box 6630, Folsom, CA 95763.

Deadline for donations is Monday, Nov. 18. These two shipments will be completed on the Monday and Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving, arriving in time for the holidays.

Support 4 Soldiers began as a small group of volunteers in Folsom in 2009. Today, the organization has expanded their influence to cities including Davis, Vallejo, Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Placerville, Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove and New York City.

For more information and a full wish list, visit support4soldiers.org.

Soldier’s Wish List:

Food:

Annie Chun’s Noodle Bowls

Beef or turkey jerky, Slim Jims

Instant coffee, individual packets

Coffee creamer and sugar, small packets

Crackers

Dried fruit, small or medium packages

Hot chocolate, individual packages

Nuts, all varieties, medium packages

Instant oatmeal, individual packets

Power bars, protein bars and granola bars

Raisins and craisins, small or medium boxes

Soup, small cans, any variety

Sunflower, medium packages

Tea bags, individually wrapped

Trail mix, small or medium packages

Tuna or chicken in foil packs

Mayonnaise and mustard, small packages

Vienna Sausage, Spam

Toiletries and Miscellaneous:

First aid supplies

Unscented baby wipes, large refill packs

Chap Stick, Blistex

Click-top pens, black ink

Cough drops

Men’s crew socks, cotton, black or tan, all sizes

Disposable razors

Moisturizing eye drops

Foot pads, blister pads

Gel insoles, all sizes

Hand-held video games

Hand sanitizer, small or medium size

Kleenex, pocket size

Men’s body wash, small and medium size

Men’s deodorant, not aerosol

Antibiotic cream

Puzzles, puzzle books, Sudoku

Shaving cream, travel packets