A local non–profit that sends care packages to troops says its donations are way down.
Operations Interdependence writes letters and collects snacks, toiletries and games to send to soldiers serving overseas every month.
With a slumping economy, the group is seeing less donations.
Operation Interdependence says anything you can donate, however small, makes a huge difference to the troops.
"It's very important for them to realize that the people at home support them. The things that we send may seem very small to the people over here, buy one package of beefy jerky big deal, well it is a big deal to them over there," CEO & President Karon Carley told 11 News on Monday.
11 News is one of several Grand Junction businesses collecting donations through July 4th.
You can drop off items at the front desk at 2325 Interstate Avenue during business hours.
Other businesses collecting donations for the troops:
Grand Valley Hyundai
2162 Highway 6 and 50
Grand Junction, CO 81505
490 28 1/4 Rd
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Suggested items for donation:
Camper style foods*
Powdered Drink Mixes*
Candy* (nothing twist tied)
Ramen Noodles (packages)*
Snacks (cookies, chips)*
Crackers (cheese PBJ, etc)*
Tea Bags/Coffee Packets (must be
Foil wrapped )*
Fast Food Condiments*
Quart Size Baggies
Nerf Toys (very small)
Odor Eaters for boots**
*THESE ITEMS MUST BE IN ORIGINAL SEALED CONTAINER
** THESE ITEMS MUST BE TRAVEL SIZE