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.
chicken and/or packs; pop-top
peanut butter / Jelly
tuna and/or packs (tuna in pouches are best)
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),
hot chocolate mixes
(if they have a microwave)
Mac & Cheese
various mini dinners
instant soups / soups in pop-top containers
Powdered Drink Mix Singles
beef Jerky / beef sticks, summer sausage
cheese spreads / small Velveeta cheese blocks
crackers for snacking
energy bars / Cereal Bars / high protein bars /
gum, Hard Candy wrapped (no chocolate in
Little Debbies & other snack cakes
nuts (all kinds)
Advil, Tylenol, Cold/Cough drops, Sinus Meds
Antibiotic Cream (Neosporin)
Baby Oil, Baby Powder
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)
Contact Lens Cleaner
Disposable hand and feet warmers
DUSTING CLOTHS for removing the sand from
everything and every surface
Foot Inserts for boots
Insect Repellent Wipes/ non aerosol spray
with Deet (need in spring/summer)
Laundry Soap / Fabric Softener
Lotion for body and hand
Packaged Wet Ones / baby wipes
Pillow with pillowcase
Pocket Size First-Aid Kit
Puma Stones for feet
Tooth Paste / Tooth Brush
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
Socks - white for PT; black for everyday wear
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)
CD Player with CDs / send batteries
Dart Board with darts
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
Packaged Poker Sets
Plastic bowls, spoons, forks, knives
PlayStation with games
Puzzle Books/Word Find Books
Small flash light for reading at night
X-Box with games
Zip Lock Bags & Plastic lock containers for sealing leftovers and personal items
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