Military Care Packages 4-H Service Project

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Swain County 4-H will be collecting items from now until November 10, 2016 for Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that sends care packages and letters of support to our nation’s Heroes. Their Mission is to lift morale in the Military and First Responder communities and to provide every American an opportunity to say “Thank You” to all who serve.

What are Acceptable Items?:

  • Pens
  • Leftover Halloween Candy (please do not buy candy for donation)
  • DVDs
  • Video Games
  • Flash Drives
  • Travel Sized Board Games
  • Notebooks or Writing Pads
  • Gloves
  • Bandanas
  • Mini Personal Fans
  • Blank Card Sets
  • Gift Cards to Chain Stores
  • Handheld Electronic Travel Games
  • Razors
  • Dental Floss
  • Toothbrushes
  • Travel Lotions
  • Hand/Foot Warmers
  • Sealed Lip Balm
  • Roll-on Travel Deodorant
  • Headphones
  • Cool ties or Neck Gators
  • Paracord Bracelets
  • Individually Wrapped Moist Towelettes
  • Single Serving Powered Beverage Mixes
  • Handwritten and Unsealed Drawings
  • Cards and Letters to Servicemen and Women expressing your gratitude for their service
  • Monetary Donations in $15 Increments (the cost of shipping each care package to a recipient)