Donations Down for Care Packages for Troops

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

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
(970) 242-4200

Whiskey River
490 28 1/4 Rd
Grand Junction, CO 81501
(970) 241-5179

Suggested items for donation:

Beef Jerky*
Pens/Pencils
Cameras-disposable
Phone Cards
Camper style foods*
Powdered Drink Mixes*
Candy* (nothing twist tied)
Ramen Noodles (packages)*
Cereal (individual)*
Razors
CD’s music/blank/used
Sardines*
Chapstick*
Snacks (cookies, chips)*
Crackers (cheese PBJ, etc)*
Tea Bags/Coffee Packets (must be
Dental Floss*
Foil wrapped )*
Dried Fruit*
Toiletries(Hotel soaps/shampoo/
Facial Tissues**
Lotion)**
Fast Food Condiments*
Toothbrushes**
Flashlights**
Trail Mix*
Foot Powder**
Travel Games
Gum*
Tuna Kits*
Hand Sanitizer**
Quart Size Baggies
Hand Lotion**
Moist Wipes**
Nerf Toys (very small)
Nuts/Seeds*
Odor Eaters for boots**
Oatmeal (instant)*

*THESE ITEMS MUST BE IN ORIGINAL SEALED CONTAINER
** THESE ITEMS MUST BE TRAVEL SIZE


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