Operation Cheap Date to Support Troops

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

Are you digging through your couch just to find enough change to take someone on a date? Well, if this sounds like you, look no further.

The Bryan-College Station Jaycees and Candy 95 are collecting items for the men and women serving overseas.

They're calling it "Operation Cheap Date" because if you donate, you get a free appetizer or dessert from a local restaurant.

The drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Bryan Wal-Mart parking lot.

You do have to donate five items from the list below or $25 to receive a coupon.

Suggested Snack Food & Miscellaneous Items
All food items must be appropriately sealed / and prepackaged
WHAT CANNOT BE SENT: Pork products, Alcohol, Pornographic materials, liquid hand sanitizer, or Aerosol cans. Due to the extreme heat, chocolate is not mailed during the summer months. Visit the USPS at http://www.usps.com to learn more about APO/FPO mailings and view sizes of postal boxes available. Call 1-800-222-1811 to order free shipping supplies. Visit the Military Postal Service Agency to learn even more http://hqdainet.army.mil/mpsa/mid.htm.

Canned Items
canned fruit
chicken and/or packs; pop-top
peanut butter / Jelly
tuna and/or packs (tuna in pouches are best)
Cajun seasoning
garlic salt
honey packs
hot sauce
salad dressings
salsa (don't forget the taco chips)
salt/pepper, sugar packets
Sweet N Low
Ground Coffee / Tea / Hot Chocolate
(if they have a coffee-maker),
coffee creamer
hot chocolate mixes
instant coffee
tea bags
Microwavable Foods
(if they have a microwave)
Mac & Cheese
brownie mix
various mini dinners
instant oatmeal
instant soups / soups in pop-top containers
Powdered Drink Mix Singles
Crystal Light
juice boxes
Propel, etc.
Snacking Foods
beef Jerky / beef sticks, summer sausage
cheese spreads / small Velveeta cheese blocks
Dry Cereal
Chex Mix
crackers for snacking
dried fruit
energy bars / Cereal Bars / high protein bars /
Granola Bars
fruit pies
gum, Hard Candy wrapped (no chocolate in
Little Debbies & other snack cakes
nuts (all kinds)
pudding cups

Advil, Tylenol, Cold/Cough drops, Sinus Meds
Antibiotic Cream (Neosporin)
Anti-Bacterial Wipes
Baby Oil, Baby Powder
Baby Wipes
Bath mat
Bath/hand/wash towels (dark colors)
Blankets for cooler weather
Body Wash / soap (be sure to triple pack the
soap and not put it near the food as it leaves the
smell of soap on the food)
Clothes Pins/Line
Contact Lens Cleaner
Cotton Balls
Dental Floss
Disposable hand and feet warmers
DUSTING CLOTHS for removing the sand from
everything and every surface
Eye Drops
Eyeglass Kit
Face Soap
Foot Inserts for boots
Foot/Boot Powder
Insect Repellent Wipes/ non aerosol spray
with Deet (need in spring/summer)
Laundry Soap / Fabric Softener
Air Freshener
April 2007
Lotion for body and hand
Mattress toppers
Nasal Spray/Drops
Packaged Wet Ones / baby wipes
Pepto Bismol
Pillow with pillowcase
Pocket Size First-Aid Kit
Puma Stones for feet
Toenail/Fingernail Clippers
Toilet Paper
Tooth Paste / Tooth Brush
Tooth Picks
Twin Fitted dark sheets
Men: Razors, Shaving Cream in a tube, aftershave
lotion (no fragrance)
Women: Panty Liners, feminine hygiene
products, conditioner, brush/comb hair
clips/bands, non-aerosol hair spray, hair gel
Suggested Clothing
Hats, bandannas
Socks - white for PT; black for everyday wear
with uniform
Men's T-shirts and underwear (all sizes)
BROWN or GREEN for the T-SHIRT if possible.
Proper issued military t-shirts can also be
acquired at Army Surplus stores.
Women's sport bras and panties (all sizes)

Suggested Fun Time Materials
Balls: soccer ball, baseballs, basketballs, volley
ball sets, football
Batteries: AA- C -D -9 volt
Beanie Babies or stuffed animals (new please)
Board Games
Playing Cards
CD Player with CDs / send batteries
Dart Board with darts
Disposable cameras
DVDs (you can tape from television too)
Electronic/Battery Hand held games (include
Mailing Envelopes (no stamps) / Pens with
Greeting Cards they can send back home
Mag flashlight bulbs,
Magazines (all kinds)
Mini Hand-held Fan or Water Misty fan
Nerf Balls
Packaged Poker Sets
Plastic bowls, spoons, forks, knives
PlayStation with games
Puzzle Books/Word Find Books
Sewing Kits
Small flash light for reading at night
Water guns
X-Box with games
Zip Lock Bags & Plastic lock containers for sealing leftovers and personal items

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