shoppinglist

PERSONAL CARE ITEMS
Travel Sizes Only, No Aerosals, and Nothing That Will Melt
Sunblock, Aloe Vera

Disposable Razors
(2-5 Pack)
(U.S. Troops are required to shave daily to wear gas masks)

Eye Drops
(Relieves irritation from sand)

Saline Spray/Drops
(Sensitive nasal passages)

Blistex, Vaseline, Carmex
(Squeeze Tube)

Q-Tips
(Used to clean ears and guns)

Lotion
(Tube Only)
(For rough, dry skin)

Baby Powder, Foot Powder
(Used on body and in boots to keep dry)

Dr. Scholls Moleskin
(Pads for sore feet)

Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Mouthwash

Dental Floss/Picks

Deodorant
(Roll-On or Gel Only)

Liquid, Bar, or Waterless Soap

Liquid Body Wash
(Used also for shaving)

Hand Sanitizer

Shampoo

Baby Wipes
(Used for bathing in lieu of showers)

Laundry Soap
(Small Single-Load Packs, Trial Sizes, or ‘Tablets’)

Kleenex
(Individual Packs)

Toilet Paper
(1” x 4”)

Gum, Lifesavers, Hard Candy

Writing Paper, Pens

MAG Lite (Flashlight), Bulbs and Batteries

Insect Repellent (Deet)
(Pump Action Only)

Hand Warmers

DVD’s and Video Tapes
(MOVIES)

Games and Puzzles

FOOD ITEMS
Travel Sizes Only, No Aerosals, No Pork,
and Nothing That Will Melt
Chips – Doritos, Pringles, Corn and Potato Snacks
(2-3 oz. Plastic Containers or Individual Snack Packs)

Dips
(9 oz. Plastic Containers or Cans)

Trail Mix, Poppycock, Butter Toffee (Popcorn)
(7-8 oz. Snack Packs)

Crackers, Cookies, Power Bars
(12 oz. or Individual Snack Packs)
(Cheese and Crackers, Peanut Butter and Crackers)
(No Chocolate)

Cereal
(Individual Boxes or Plastic Cups)

Cheese
(Plastic Squeeze Container)

Fruit and Nuts
(6-8 oz. Dried or Canned Snack Packs)
Apricots, Bannanas, Cherries, Mixed Fruit,
Peaches, Pineapple, Rasins)

Pudding
(Squeeze Tube or Snack Packs)
(No Jello)

Soups
(15 oz. Plastic Containers)
(Campbell’s Soup at Hand)

Lasagna, Ravioli, Spaghetti, Mac & Cheese, Chilli,
Beef Stew, Chicken n’ Dumplins, Noodles & Chicken
(7-15 oz. Plastic Containers)
(Chef Boyardee/Nalleys)

Chicken, Turkey, Salmon, Tuna
(7 oz. Easy Open Packs)
(Chicken of the Sea/Bumble Bee)

Powdered Drinks
(1-2 oz. Plastic Containers)
(Chrystal Light, Kool Aid, Country Time, Smuckers, Capri Sun)

Spices
(Sweet, Sour, Spicy, etc. – Tabasco, Season Salt)
Sugar (Packs) and Creamers)
(MRE’s – (Meals Ready to Eat)
become bland (boring) over time and need flavoring)
PROJECT WALTER REED, PROJECT BALAD, PROJECT ALI AL SALEM, KUWAIT, AND OPERATION COMFORT
“PROJECT WALTER REED,” “PROJECT BALAD,” and PROJECT ALI AL SALEM, KUWAIT
“U.S. Troop Care Package,” on behalf of
“Project Walter Reed,” “Project Balad,” and Project Ali Al Salem, Kuwait is asking for donations for the following items to mail to soldiers hospitalized at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and to those soldiers who have been wounded in action and who are being treated at Balad, Iraq and at Ali Al Salem, Kuwait:

Sweatpants
(size range large)

Shorts
(with elastic waistbands. i.e. swim trunks,
to wear with hospital gowns so their
back sides aren’t hanging out)
(size range 30, 32, 34, 36)

Underwear
(size range 30, 32, 34, 36)
(girl size range 5 – 8)

White T-Shirts
(size range medium – large)

Shirts
(with 3 buttons at the neck for those
with a trachea tube)
(size range large)

White Tube Socks
(one size fits all)

Slippers (rubberized soles)
(foam hospital shoes keep falling off)

Sports Bras

Razors and Shaving Cream/Gel

Q-Tips

Lotion

Shampoo

Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Dental Floss

Toiletry Bags
(with handles or loops to make it easier
to carry for those with crutches or walkers)

Games, Books, and Magazines

Junk Food and/or Snacks
(Little Debbie Snacks, beef jerky, candy, gum, etc.)

“OPERATION COMFORT”

“U.S. Troop Care Package,” “Operation Comfort,” sends pillows to our deployed U.S. Troops and needs help from the community with the following:

MATERIAL and THREAD
Donated fabric that may include scraps. Minimum size 13” x 13”. Knits and thicker types of fabric are discouraged. All colors and patterns are welcomed. One yard of fabric makes 3 pillows. You may also donate fabric that has been cut and stitched on three and one-half sides, according to the instructions shown below.

FIBER FILL AND LABEL
“U.S. Troop Care Package”
has 100% Polyester Fiber Fill and Labels available for the pillows.

The label attached to each pillow reads:
“Operation Comfort”
“U.S. Troop Care Package”
Tri-Cities, WA U.S.A.

VOLUNTEERS
To help cut, sew, and stuff the pillows.
(See our Calendar page for details)

FABRIC CUTTING DIRECTIONS
Using 45” material, fold in half and cut 26” long strips. Open the fold and then fold the material in the opposite direction. Cut 13” long pieces.

SEWING DIRECTIONS
Sew a label onto the outer side of one 13” x 13” piece.

Using two 13” x 13” pieces, face the wrong sides of the fabric together.

Sew a ½” double-stitched seam on three sides.

On the remaining un-sewn side, sew a ½” double-stitched seam from each corner towards the center approximately 4”. Leave about 5” open in the center to allow room for stuffing.

Reverse the fabric and stuff the Pillow making sure the corners are full. Don’t overfill, as each Pillow must be rolled into a log for mailing.

Sew the opening shut, creating a 12″ x 12″ finished pillow.

“U.S. Troop Care Package,” “Operation Comfort,” is also sending neck coolers to our deployed U.S. Troops
and needs help from the community with the following:

MATERIAL and THREAD
“U.S. Troop Care Package”
has tea-dyed muslin pre-washed fabric available as the fabric and color must meet military regulations. One yard of fabric makes 8 Neck Coolers.

CHRYSTAL FILL and INSTRUCTION CARD
“U.S. Troop Care Package”
has the Chrystal Fill and Instruction Card available for the Neck Coolers.

VOLUNTEERS
To help cut, sew, and fill the neck coolers.
(See our Calendar page for details)

FABRIC CUTTING DIRECTIONS
Using 44” to 45” material, cut the fabric 4 ½ inches wide by the width of the fabric. Fold the fabric with the wrong sides together lengthwise.

SEWING DIRECTIONS
Stitch, using a 2mm stitch length, one short end and stitch along the length of the strip using a one-fourth inch seam.

Press the seam open and then turn the strip. Press the neck cooler with the seam to the side. (Pressing the seam to the back would put the seam next to the neck.)

Measure 12” from the stitched short end and stitch across the fabric. Using a long-necked funnel, a two foot length piece of Ύ”, thin walled plastic pipe or a piece of paper rolled, place between one-half teaspoon to three-fourths teaspoon inside the neck cooler.

Stitch 12” from the open end acros the neck cooler. Turn the fabric under on the open end and top stitch. One yard makes eight neck coolers.

A card will be attached to each neck cooler giving the instructions for its use.