Monday, October 22, 2007

Here's Something You Can Do

This comes from Tata over at Poor Impulse Control.

A few weeks ago I was challenging people to find ways to make this war personal. Here's a way to do just that.

Mr. Sasha, my son-in-law, is stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Miss Sasha points out Vandenberg's got a care package project going.* I hope you'll be inspired to either help out or call up a base near you and find a project you can get involved in.

The following items are of great use to the deployers:

Black/brown t-shirts and black socks
crystal light packets
individual size beef jerky
energy bars
lip balm
sun screen
foot powder
baby wipes
hand/antibacterial soap
individually wrapped hard candy
phone cards
blank greeting cards/letter writing materials
sunflower seeds
assorted snack items

You can send some items, all these items, a case of any one kind of item. They will be grateful for what you send, regardless. Also: they especially want hand sanitizer and baby wipes.

Not on the list: I have heard that eye drops are also prized. Books are also great.

My contact with the program, who shall remain charmingly anonymous and not a person I made myself, says also:

We also have a program for our families called Operation Sweet Dreams. In this program the family member sends us a digital photo, we transfer to a pillowcase and the family gives to the deployed member to take with them or is sent to the deployed location. With that we would need plain white pillow cases.

Donations can be dropped off or mailed to:
Airman & Family Readiness Center
706 Washington Ave
Bldg 10122
Vandenberg AFB, CA 93437

*The short version: I'm 100% opposed to the war and have been since 9/12; even so, our military comes down to individual persons who in my opinion should never get the idea that individual civilians don't give a shit what happens. This is not a contradiction. It is the simple notion that every person - every single person - matters just as much as I do in the world. And they might need socks.



Anonymous tata said...

Thank you, lovey! You're a good egg. Also: you make me try harder to end war and stuff.

5:20 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

yes. you put it very well.

you are a good man.

6:18 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

one thing i remember vividly was that once we were sent a bunch of packets of pre-sweetened koolaid by some school kids in washington. see, our water supply was for shit. a lot of the times it was something that would make you very sick, even after boiling. we had these halzone tablets that made it taste like metallic crap. the presweetened koolaid was something that made it easier to drink.

but, knowing that there some kids in a school near seattle that were thinking about us, that took the time to send us something to make our lives a little bit easier was huge.

8:52 AM  

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