UPDATE: All the available boxes have been mailed.
Murdoc noticed this program in a local weekly newspaper:
Threads, a group of women that meets twice a month at Allendale Wesleyan Church, has taken as its special project the women stationed in Iraq. “Careboxes for Female Soldiers” will provide the kinds of things women everywhere enjoy, no matter what their chosen career personal items, little luxuries, and of course, chocolate.
“Yes, they told us it’s all right to ship chocolate,” said Karen Willis, of Standale, who is organizing the collection, packing and shipping of gifts.
The group has sent care packages and little gifts to those in need around the world, and this Christmas season they’ve decided to send some pick-me-ups to our women serving in Iraq.
Six months ago the group began writing letters to women stationed with the military in Iraq. It’s not that they don’t appreciate the men; they just felt it would be more appropriate to write to women, and felt the women might be more in need of support. “These are young women, the age of some of our daughters,” said Willis…
Working through an advisor, a female who is a chaplain’s assistant stationed in Iraq, Threads members took their letter-writing to the next level and on Dec. 3 plan to ship 50 gift boxes to female soldiers.
“There are 20 women and 700 men on the (contacted) base,” said Willis. The base store stocks feminine hygiene products, but none of the things women crave lotions and moisturizers, sunscreen, snacks, romantic movies, inspirational books and magazines.
“Their hair gets so brittle and dry because of the heat, it breaks right off,” said Willis. Shampoos and moisturizers are a necessity, not a luxury. And as for the chocolate, “They’re so desperate, they don’t care if it’s melted.”
They’re not a large group, and their goal is to send 50 packages. But they’re having trouble getting even that many names.
If you’ve got a female service member deployed to Iraq and think that a package like this might be nice,
email karenwillis45. I’ve contacted Karen and she said they’ll do their best to fill the requests.
UPDATE: Karen says all the boxes have been filled and mailed! That’s great work, and more than just lip service in support of the troops.