With Veterans Day coming this Thursday, Nov. 11, it is important to remember not only those who have served, but also those who are currently serving overseas. While many troops are coming home soon, it is important to remember, there are still many who will be away from their families for a long time. Let's not forget these young men and women as we revel in the homecomings of others.
Locally, there are many men and women serving overseas and two area day cares are teaming up to send care packages to two local servicemen serving in Afghanistan.
Mrs. Sha's and Mrs. Kim's Preschools are collecting items for Colton Walls and Brent Figgins. The daycares would like the publics support in assuring these young men receive packages.
Walls is a 2008 Highland High School graduate and son of Johnny and Anne Walls of Highland, and Timmy and Jenine Eash of Highland, and great-grandson of Annette Sheldon of Cherokee Village.
Figgins is a 2000 Highland High School graduate and father of Gwyneth Figgins who is a student at Mrs. Sha's Preschool.
The group's goal is to send the first packages by Nov. 12 to ensure Thanksgiving delivery and then others later.
Some ideas for donations include canned food items such as ravioli, tuna, soup, canned fruit and a special request for black olives. The lids must be pop top style.
Other things the young men like include beef jerky, canned ham, Pringles, Gatorade, juice, water and powdered mixes that may be added to water.
Gum, mints and hard candy are always welcome items.
Another much needed item, and one many fail to think of when sending donations, is wipes. The men do not get to bathe daily and like the Old Spice scented ones. Sunscreen and lotion are also needed items.
Anyone wishing to donate any of the items may drop them off at Mrs. Sha's Preschool behind Sears in Ash Flat between the hours of 9-11 a.m. Monday through Friday. You may contact the preschool at 870-994-2717. Donations may also be taken to Mrs. Kim's Preschool in Highland or to the Red Mule in Highland.
Anyone wishing to send items to Walls on their own may contact his mother at 870-257-3850 to get his address. For Figgins, contact Vicky Brink.
This is a great opportunity for the community to show these young men how much they are appreciated.