Boxes of Love: How to help

Special to The Sun
Members of the Seahawk Singers are (back row, from left) Austin McPherson, Nikkita Wolfe, Cheyenne Chambless, Megan Shrewsbury, Daisy Perdomo, Man Don Lun, Arthur Nguyen; (middle row, from left) Cherokee Chambless, Julie Mitchum; and (front row, from left) Lauren Sievers, Sierra Wolfe, Victoria Mullins, Alex Bergman, Danielle Van Doren and Brianna Andrews.

The South Walton Singers, under the direction of Adele Armitage, provided boxes to each South Walton homeroom so students and faculty can help support our troops.

These “Boxes Of Love” will be donated to Semper Fi Sisters who will package and send holiday packages to our deployed troops. For more information, visit www.semperfisisters.com.

Please consider donating one or more of the following items:

Foods: Beef Jerky / Slim Jims Coffee (ground or whole; instant or drip. ground is preferred) Powder drink mix (gatorade, kool-aid, crystal light) Sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds Tuna and chicken salad (in foil pouches, or ready-to-eat kits (no cans) Protein powder and protein bars Hot chocolate packets, herbal teas Hard pretzels / Cheetos / Fritos / Chex Mix / Wheat Thins / Ritz Hard candy (must be individually wrapped in large bags) Granola bars / power bars / cereal bars / cliff bars Fig Newtons, Oreos, Nutter Butters, cheese & crackers - small packs Trail Mix, dried fruit, granola, fruit roll-ups / fruit by the foot / fruit gummies Dry soup: (ramen noodles / cup-o-soup: just add water) Nuts: peanuts, mixed nuts (salted preferred) Microwave food (popcorn, Chef-Boy-R-Dee, Mac'n'cheese...) Cookies / Girl Scout cookies (with chocolate: Oct. - Feb. only!) Rice Krispie treats (store-bought only) Little Debbies Hostess cake products Oatmeal packs (instant: just add water) Cereal (small, individual boxes) Condiments, spices; sugar; salad dressing (no glass jars) Caffeinated gum or candy (to stay alert) Chocolate products accepted from October through March (it will melt in high temperatures!) Hot sauce – small sizes (Ed’s Red or Tobasco) wrap glass bottle w/duct tape and double zip lock bag, bubble wrap

Entertainment and sports: Batteries: (AA, AAA, C and 9 volt are the most requested) DVD movies (new or used - recent releases only, please!) XBox games, PSP, PS2 and PS3 games (new or used) ITunes gift cards Computer flash drives and thumb drives Portable CD players Head phones / ear buds Electronic handheld games Pens but only Stic pens, do not send with clickers or movable parts) Small note pads or small notebooks Stationery and envelopes; blank cards to send home Double-sided tape, Small, pocket calendars Game books: (crossword puzzles / word search books / math puzzle books / mad libs / logic problems / sudoku) Yo-yo's, dominoes, playing cards (new), poker chips and mats, dice Board games (Uno, Othello, Checkers - travel size is great, too!) Frisbees / hackey sacks Music CDs, or sports DVD of basketball games, football or baseball games Sports, hunting, fishing magazines and books

Hygiene Baby Wipes Hand sanitizer wipes (liquid tends to make mud on dirty hands) 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 (disposable or "Intuition" or "mach 3" types) Shaving cream in tubes / shaving soap (no cans of shaving cream, please!) Lip balm / Chapstick / Carmex / Blistex Foot powder (medicated gold bond is one often used) Tissues (individual packs; travel size only) Hand and body lotion / moisturizer (travel size) Bug spray / deet / skin-so-soft Mouthwash (travel size) Toothpaste and toothbrushes and dental floss Breath mints / breath strips Lozenges / cough drops Loufa sponges / buff puffs / washcloths Nail files / emery boards / nail clippers Feminine hygiene products (panty liners and tampons) Qtips - 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 (individual unopened packages only) Eye drops (i.e. Visine) Nasal spray Vitamins (multi-vitamins are always needed! original containers unopened Other: T-shirts: cotton green and tan under shirts - new (sizes: M, L and XL) long sleeve T-shirts also Disposable hand warmers and foot warmers (in the wintertime) Laundry detergent, trial paks or individual paks Bounce dryer sheets (used to put in boots, between clothes and sometimes to deter bugs) Air fresheners (standalone-not plug-in. car types are also good) Socks: black, olive green & white (cotton or wool) Small toys (Beanie babies) and school supplies for Iraqi and Afghan children Patriotic knick-knacks, USA flags, flags from your state, bandanas, baseball hats, football jerseys, banners to tack on their walls or tents. 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) Gun cleaning supplies (lube) such as militec-1 and Clp Fleece blankets Winter hats (Hand knitted hats in black, tan or green are always welcome.) Small survival mirrors