A small gift that says you care
Our soldiers in service
My name is Audrey Bost?Crow and I am currently stationed in Vicenza, Italy, with my husband Jason Crow who is a Specialist in the U.S. Army. Currently he is serving in Afghanistan for a 15 month deployment and I have a request from our military community. It's beginning to get very cold there and I would really like to ask for blankets -- warm, soft and fuzzy -- to send to our soldiers in Afghanistan (twin size). Not all of our guys are in nice warm buildings. There are also many single soldiers who don't have families back home sending them mail and packages. Some soldiers don't receive any mail during deployments and 15 months can be very long and depressing. This could be an amazing way to say thank you to these men and women who seriously risk their lives on a daily basis. Many of these soldiers get shot at on a daily basis and from this military community alone we have lost 20 soldiers. We are 6 months in with 9 more to go. It has been a difficult deployment for our soldiers and their families here waiting for them to come home. Please help make this a warm and wonderful Christmas for our soldiers in Afghanistan.
It's not that our men are destitute, but this could be a way of letting our soldiers know we are thinking about them and care about them. Thick, warm blankets are like a touch of home and something that they really appreciate. For more information please call Deborah Bost or Teri Crow at Farmers Insurance Agency in Salem at 870-895-3200. Bring donated items or cash to help with postage to Farmers Insurance Agency on the Salem Square. Please respond as quickly as possible if you are interested in helping.
* Body Works in Salem is collecting items for military servicemen. Body Works is taking the initiative this Christmas by spearheading Operation Care Package. Usual supplies such as soap and shaving cream are essential, but with the holidays upon us, the servicemen have some special holiday needs. Holiday items that remind them of home such as summer sausage and crackers, hot chocolate and cookies, are rare treats for the servicemen. Other gift ideas are washcloths, hand and foot warmers, hot plates and even flashlights have been requested; but anything that can bring much needed holiday cheer to the servicemen will be accepted. Body Works will accept Operation Care Package donations through Dec. 11. For more information contact Body Works at 870-895-3183.
* An operation of a different kind is underway for the residents of the Fulton County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The joy of cooking might not fit under the tree but it sets perfect in the kitchen. Body Works is accepting full length, neck to knee, aprons for residents to wear to perform their culinary craft. In addition to aprons there is a need for lap blankets this year. Donations for the Fulton County Nursing and Rehab Center will be accepted through Christmas. For more information about these holiday collections contact Body Works at 870-895-3183.
* Employees at the Salem Courthouse help sponsor an angel tree each year. Those wanting to help make a child's Christmas a little brighter can stop by the courthouse and select an angel from the tree. This year the tree contains 108 angels provided by the Department of Human Services. Each angel has an ID number for a child, the age and size of clothing. Gifts should be returned to the courthouse or the DHS office by 4 p.m., Dec. 14. Those needing more information can call Donna Hall at 895-3522.
* An angel tree can also be found at the Dollar General Store in Salem. This tree contained 20 angels and now has only five angels left. Those interested can choose an angel during the store's normal business hours.
* Shaver's Plumbing in Salem is sponsoring a toy and food drive. All donations will be given to DHS and the Church of Christ's Agape food room. To encourage participation, everyone who brings in a new unwrapped toy or canned food item will receive a free gift.
* The coat and toy drive sponsored by the Izard County Sheriff's Department and Modern Woodman of America-Melbourne District Officer continues. According to Sheriff Tate Lawrence, there is still a need for good serviceable coats especially children's sizes and a need for toys. Anyone wishing to make donations -- toys, coats or cash -- can drop off the items at the Izard County Sheriff's Office.
* The Arkansas Rice Depot's Food For Kids program provides backpacks and nutritious ready-to-eat food to 502 public schools in Arkansas. The program provides meals for the night and weekend for 18,000 hungry Arkansas children each year. Wal-Mart has partnered with the Arkansas Rice Depot to collect food for these children. Beginning Friday, Dec. 7 through Sunday, Dec. 9, local Wal-Mart stores throughout the state will collect non-perishable food items. Drop boxes will be located at the front of the store for convenience.