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March 22, 2013

VETS Collection Date for Care Packages this Friday, March 22

The Lake Erie College VETS Program is collecting items for care packages to send to 2011 alumnus Alex Palmer and his unit, who are stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan. There will be a table set up in the Arthur S. Holden Center on Friday, March 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Below are some of the items needed for Palmer and his unit.

Powdered drink mix. Anything that can be mixed with water. In cold months, send hot beverage mixes such as cocoa, instant coffee, tea bags, and creamer. During warmer months, sweetened drink mixes such as lemonade and iced tea will be welcome.
Skoal, Copenhagen, Wintergreen Copenhagen, Current Magazines and Books.
Beef Jerky, Slim Jims, Trail Mixes, Dried Fruit, Salted Sunflower Seeds, small items that can be carried in uniform pockets.
Meal enhancers. Anything that can be mixed with MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), such as Ramen noodles, seasoned salt, individual packets of hot sauce, mustard, relish and ketchup.
Quick protein. Energy bars, tuna fish, sardines, non-perishable beef jerky or beef summer sausage. Make sure the meat is labeled USDA Beef.
Look for small, hard containers of chips, pretzels and nuts. These are easier to carry than large containers. Avoid bags, which may burst under high pressure. If you do send large bags or containers, include small zipper-lock bags so your service member can pack smaller amounts of snacks to carry. Snack cakes, cheese crackers and cookies are in high demand. Salty snacks are good for those deployed in the desert, especially in the summer months, because they will encourage your service member to drink more water.
Candy and gum. Avoid chocolate. Gum and other types of candy may soften and become gooey, so send these in plastic zipper-lock bags. Send plenty of extras for your service member to share, especially if he or she comes into contact with children.

For more information, contact VETS Coordinator Bob Mastronicola at or at 440-375-7007.


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