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Please Help Our Soldiers

My son's teacher heads up this great cause and I wanted to make you all aware of it. This is the letter she sends home (aff) at the beginning of her classes:

My name is Jacky and I am an early education instructor with the Oak Lawn Park District. I started mailing boxes when one of my student's only parent was sent to Iraq. Now, boxes go out weekly to each soldier on my list who shares the boxes with their units. I know first hand from the soldiers who return stateside that these boxes mean so much more than their contents; they mean people care. The families back home (aff) also appreciate the moral booster their loved ons are receiving each time a box arrives. These boxes may be small, but they are mighty with support and positive thinking to bring our soldiers safely home. All my soldiers have relatives, friends who live in Oak Lawn, or are residents of Oak Lawn. It is a local support of our community. Below are item lists of some of the things that have been sent out since March 2003:


Baby Wipes



Hard Candy

Juice boxes

Snack food

Lip Balm





Food Bars

Toilet Paper

Foot Powder

Small botthle of hand “no water” soap sanitizier

Band Aides

Canisters of presweetened Kool-Aid, Tea, and Lemonade


User Paperback books

Toothpaste samples or floss

Sunday Comics

Extra condiment packets (sugar, ketchup)


Children's drawings

Extra item in a pack (example: 6th gum free in a 5 pack)

Encouraging letters

Hotel shoe shine kits

Hotel small shampoo

Hotel small soap

Hotel small lotion

Hotel sewing kits

Hotel small conditioner

Hotel small mouth wash

As you can see, you don't have to spend a lot of money to help the soldiers out. We donate things every week and it doesn't cost me a cent extra from what we already do. Also, she will take ANY leftover Halloween candy you have!!!

They will also take any donated stamps or funds for stamps. Items and postage can be dropped off at (or mailed to) Oak View Center, 4625 West 110th St., Oak Lawn IL 60453. I'd just put a little note on there that it's for the soldiers.

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