EVERY CHILD, EVERY DAY, WHATEVER IT TAKES!
Kecoughtan High School students and staff celebrate the Month of the Military Child by collecting treats, toiletries and entertainment for deployed troops
People across the country are celebrating the Month of the Military Child during the month of April. Most are wearing purple on Purple Up! Day. The students and staff at Kecoughtan High School are taking their appreciation of the military a step further.
The counseling department and Navy Junior ROTC (NJROTC) program are teaming up to accept donations to mail to soldiers who are currently deployed. They are collecting treats, toiletries and entertainment to send to those who serving away from home.
If you would like to donate, items can be taken to Kecoughtan High School through the end of April. Items being requested are as follows:Treats
Soldiers love getting treats from back home, but remember that they need to be non-perishable.
The key to sending treats is to make sure they are portable. Soldiers like to be able to carry snacks with them. This means looking for packaging that is smaller and won't burst open easily. You could also include ziplock bags so that your soldier can portion snacks.
Food and Drink
- Snack bars (we send a lot of Moose Crunch Bars)
- Small, hard containers of snacks
- Snack cakes
- Cheese crackers
- Candy (avoid chocolate)
- Sunflower seeds
- Trail mix
- Chips of any kind
Sending food or drinks is a little trickier. The best things to send are things that are already prepared, things that will enhance the MREs they receive (Meals Ready to Eat) or quick sources of protein. Here are some ideas:
- Seasoning salt
- Hot sauce
- Flavoring packets for water
- Powdered drink mix
- Energy bars
- Beef Jerky
- Instant Mac and Cheese
- Tea bags
- Peanut butter
- Chips, crackers, cookies
Lots of soldiers say that toiletries are also great to send, but be sure to check-in with your soldier on his or her specific needs. It may not seem that exciting to you, but the soldiers really appreciate receiving personal care items. Here are some things to send:
- Shaving lotion
- Disposable razors
- Odor eaters for shoes
- Baby wipes
- Lip Balm/gloss
- Eye drops
- Foot powder
- Glass cleaner or lens cleaning cloths (for cleaning sand off their glasses)
- Finger nail clippers
- First aid kits
Entertainment options are great to send as soldiers have downtime to spend while they are not out on a mission.
- Letter writing supplies
- Holiday decorations
- Board games
- Journals (Pilot Precise is often requested)
- V5 Stick Rolling Ball Pens
Month of the Military Child
April is designated as the Month of the Military Child; a time to honor the sacrifices made by military families worldwide, with an emphasis on the experience of the dependent children of military members serving at home and overseas.
Purple Up! For Military Kids Day
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