Local students working to send gifts to soliders

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MONTROSE, Colo (KKCO) Oak Grove Elementary School in Montrose is participating in an effort to send gifts to deployed military personnel for Christmas, and is asking for donations of small, inexpensive items and/or money for postage. The gifts will remind soldiers that we think of them and thank them for their service. Soldiers have expressed their gratitude for small items, cards, and letters that remind them of home. Items will be collected in individual classrooms, packaged in pre-paid boxes, and mailed by November 20th so the soldiers will have them by late December.

Collection dates: October 15 – November 9
If you have any ideas, questions, or concerns, or if you would like to help with the collection and packaging, please call Autum Moore at 970-765-6836, or email autum_emt@hotmail.com.

Companies/individuals can purchase postage from the boxes to be sent to the soldiers. Items below can also be donated from companies and a special letter will be sent to the soldiers from the companies who have supported this project. These boxes will then be filled with donations. Organizers have arranged a cost of $14.95 per box for postage.

If your company is interest in supporting the student's efforts, please send a check to Oak Grove Elementary, or schedule a pick up with Autum Moore. Memo box for checks: “donation.” Make checks payable to Oak Grove Elementary. You can mail payment to Oak Grove Elementary. Attn. Mrs. Styer. PO Box 10,000 Montrose CO 81402.

Items for donation:
Food items

Beef Jerky
Instant oatmeal
Crackers (cheese, peanut butter, etc.)
Ramen noodles
Trail mix
Energy or protein bars
Fast food condiments -- (salt, pepper, BBQ sauce, ketchup, relish, mustard)
Tuna kits

Personal Hygiene
Facial tissue
Foot powder
Hand sanitizer
Hand lotion (unscented)
Moist wipes
Shaving cream
Razors (small packs)
Large pre-moist towels
Odor Eaters

Hand and foot warmers

Nerf toys (small footballs, etc)
Cards, dice, small board games
Pencils, pens
Prepaid boxes are $14.95 per box.

If your child is a student at Oak Grove Elementary, and you would like to help with the postage for the boxes, have your child give the donation to his/her teacher. Checks should be made out to Oak Grove, clearly marked as “donation.”

Cards and letters
If you child is a student at Oak Grove Elementary, and you would like to write cards or letters to the soldiers yourself, please send them with your student to give to the teacher, and organizers will send them in the packages.

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