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Helping to brighten the holidays for our troops abroad

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

There are still about 30-thousand United States troops abroad, and one organization is asking for your help to give them a little taste of home around the holidays. They are trying to collect items to send overseas to our troops to raise their spirits. A lot of the troops are in very remote places so a little taste of home or a little reminder of the comforts of home can go a long way.

The deadline is coming up fast. The 2012 holiday boxes will be packed on Saturday, November 10 and shipped before the thanksgiving holidays to ensure they do reach our troops in time. That packing date is a week from this coming Saturday!

Good items to purchase/donate for shipment to the Middle East in winter months are:

     - Instant hot chocolate mix/coffee/tea

     - Containers of coffee cream & sugar

     - Instant oatmeal/grits

     - Ramen noodle and instant cup-a-soups (any flavor but pork)

     - Tuna in foil packs

     - Crackers

     - Pringle potato chips

     - Tube socks

     - Non-aerosol athlete food medication

     - Blistex/ Chapstick

     - Blank Christmas cards to send their families (no overtly religious themes)

     - Small games (unwrapped) & puzzle books

     - Handmade Christmas cards and/or artwork made by children

     - Monetary donations help defray shipping costs (checks made out to OSOT, Inc are tax deductible)

There are some things that they cannot send in these packages:

     - No pork or items containing pork.

     - No overly religious items.

     - No inappropriate literature.

     - No aerosol cans. (Like shaving cream)

Items can be dropped off before Nov. 10 at any of the following locations:

     - Any UPS Store in Shreveport/Bossier

     - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church (522 E. Flournoy Lucas Rd)

     - Any branch of Bank of Montgomery in/near Natchitoches

     - American Climate Controlled Storage (6721 Pines Rd)

For more details, see the Operation Support Our Troops' website by clicking here.

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