Handcrafted Alexandria

August: Collecting Donations for Our Troops in Afghanistan

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Lend-a-Hand


 

Handcrafted Alexandria is collecting donations of supplies for an Air Force Combat Sustainment Support Battalion whose mission is to provide life support for Shindand Airbase as well as several smaller bases in Western Afghanistan. This unit does NOT have access to a PX (post exchange) and they rely on the kindness of family, friends and strangers to send care packages. The battalion consists of 50 males and 20 females, most of whom are Virginia residents and most of whom are on their second or third deployment. They are the first unit from Virginia to have a female Battalion Commander.

Donations will be collected throughout August at select Handcrafted locations* and at the Old Town Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, August 21st & 28th.

Donation boxes can be found at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, The Art League, Imagine Artwear, Ten Thousand Villages, and La Muse.
Special Offer: Receive a 10% discount for bringing donations to La Muse. 

ITEMS NEEDED 

FOOD:

• Fruit, canned with the pop tab
• Granola bars
• Sandwich crackers
• 100 cal snack packs of any kind
• Individual size or wrapped snacks

PERSONAL CARE ITEMS:

• Hand sanitizer
• Baby wipes (travel size packs are best)
• Lotion and sun screen
• Body and face wash
• Topical spot acne treatment
• Wash cloths and loofahs
• Blond, black, and brown hair ties + accessories
• Deodorant: male + female + extra strength
• Finger nail polish for the females
• Foot cream (they get really bad calluses)

CLEANING SUPPLIES:

• Air fresheners (hanging + aerosol)
• Febreeze (again, travel size is great)
• Cleaning agents (eg Lysol + Lysol wipes)

MISCELLANEOUS:

• Music and movies
• Magazines (health are best but they have a lot of different interests)
• Boxes for storage
• Inspirational stuff such as signs, sayings, etc. 

Handcrafted Alexandria is also happy to accept cash donations to help with shipping expenses and to purchase additional supplies.

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