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"Holiday Treats For The Troops"

"Holiday Treats For The Troops"

TOWANDA - Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) is urging residents to continue a show of support for America's troops by participating in collection drives as the holiday season approaches.

"Although the war in Iraq is officially over, our military forces will need to remain in this dangerous region for many months to come as a free, democratic government is established by the Iraqi population," Pickett said.

"Also, we know the war on terror has many ugly faces and will require the efforts of our service men and women in other hotbeds around the globe. So it is very important that we not forget the dangers, hazards, frustrations and sacrifices they awake to daily. A package from home containing a few special treats and a friendly word of encouragement may be just what it takes to get them through one more day."

The House Republican Caucus Support Our Soldiers (SOS) is once again working with the nonprofit group Support Our American Recruits (SOAR) to collect holiday treats and cards to send to military personnel serving overseas.

Among items being collected are: hard/soft candy, Twizzlers, etc.; chocolate candy bars, M&M’s, Tootsie Rolls; cookies; granola bars, energy bars, cereal bars; instant oatmeal, pop-tarts, boxed cereals; Pringles potato chips; peanuts; crackers, Cheezits, wheat thins, etc.; gum; Ramen noodles; beef jerky; tuna - cans or packets; soup, beef stew and canned fruits with pull tab openings; canned fruit - pull tabs; dried fruit; Gatorade, Kool-aid, Crystal Light drink mixes; coffee singles; tea bags; hot chocolate; hot apple cider mix; powdered Coffee-Mate; holiday greeting cards, signed cards with a note of encouragement and appreciation to the troops (remember to leave the envelope blank).

"If possible, please donate a quarter with each item that will help toward shipping costs," Pickett added.

Donations may be dropped off during regular business hours at Pickett's district offices at 106 West Packer Ave., Sayre, telephone, (570) 888-9011, and at 321 Main St., Towanda, telephone, (570) 265-3124. Donations may also be dropped off at the satellite offices on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Lawton at the First Liberty Bank and Trust on Routes 267 and 706, and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Sullivan County Courthouse, Main and Muncy Streets in Laporte.

The deadline to have all items to the Capitol is November 1, so all donations must be dropped off at one of Pickett's offices no later than Wednesday, October 27.

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