Operation J-Town Storm
I’m going to start collecting goods at the J-Town Disc Golf Doubles League, The IL State Disc Golf Championships & Channahon Classic for the U.S. Army troops in Afghanistan. These care packages will be sent to my son Anthony’s Platoon/Company. He’s Company was deployed to Afghanistan on April 30, 2012 for 9-months. Although many of our soldiers are being withdrawn from Afghanistan, the U.S. will still have troops there until 2014.
I had a chance to meet about 10 of his buddies or “Band of Brothers” and I have to say the U.S. is in great shape when it comes to whom they are sending overseas to represent our country. At first glance you see a bunch of 18-25 year old kids messing around and having fun. But when you actually get to know them and hear them talk you quickly realize that they are extremely focused and courageous men. They are mentally and physically some of the toughest people I have ever met. They’re highly trained infantrymen that are willing to sacrifice their own lives for each other and their country. When we here the words Army Strong we tend to chuckle a bit, but in reality the best words to describe what these guys are all about is “Army Strong.”
It’s truly spectacular to witness this bond they have for each other and it’s humbling to see them grow together as men in the U.S. Army. They are definitely my heroes!
Many of these men including my son will be leaving their wives and children for this 9-month period. So in this difficult time lets show some of our troops we care and appreciate their sacrifice for our country.
Lets show them what the Disc Golf community is all about.
My son Anthony has been playing disc golf almost all his life, so discs and accessories would be great. He’s been trying to get his fellow soldiers hooked on playing and it seems to be working. It would be cool to know some of our discs are flying in the deserts of Afghanistan.
Any amount you can contribute for this cause would be greatly appreciated. It can be as simple as a pack of peanuts. I’ll start collecting this week and I will continue throughout the year. I’ve a huge list of items that they can and can’t receive. Please take your time and look through it.
The list is below and I also attached a word doc with the list.
CARDS & LETTERS
The troops love to hear from all of us and Mail brightens their days!
These are the MOST IMPORTANT items we can send the troops & we can never have too many, so please keep writing!
Consider making a patriotic banner or poster to send in one of our care packages!
DISCS, FRISBEES / HACKEY SACKS!
FOOD and SNACKS:
Beef Jerky / Slim Jims
COFFEE (Ground or whole; instant or drip), Hot Chocolate packets, Herbal teas
Instant Drink Mixes (Gatorade, Kool‐Aid, Crystal Light)
Pumpkin Seeds / Sunflower Seeds (salted)
Tuna in foil pouches (no cans)
Protein Powders / Protein Bars / Cliff Bars
Hard Pretzels / Cheetos / Fritos / Chex Mix / Wheat Thins
Gum and Hard Candy (must be individually wrapped)
Granola Bars / Power Bars / Cereal Bars
Small Packs of Fig Newtons, Oreos, Cheese‐Its
Trail Mix, Dried Fruit, Granola, Fruit Roll‐Ups / Fruit By The Foot / Fruit Gummies
DRY SOUP: (Ramen Noodles / Cup‐O‐Soup: just add water)
NUTS: Peanuts, Mixed Nuts (salted)
MICROWAVE FOOD (Popcorn, Chef‐Boy‐R‐Dee, Mac'n'Cheese...)
COOKIES / Girl Scout Cookies (with chocolate: Oct. ‐ Feb. only!)
Cheese & Cracker packs
Condiments, Spices; Sugar; Salad Dressing (no glass jars)
Oatmeal Packs (Instant: just add water)
Cereal (Small, individual boxes)
Rice Krispie Treats (Store‐bought only)
Caffeinated gum or candy (to stay alert)
TOILETRIES: NO HOTEL SAMPLES!
Baby wipes (travel size)
Liquid Hand Sanitizer (travel size)
Body Wash, Liquid Soap, Facial Cleanser
Shampoo /Conditioner (travel size)
Hair Gel (for female troops to pull hair back)
Combs / Brushes, Bobby Pins
Eye Drops (i.e. Visine)
Deodorant (travel size)
Razors (disposable: "Intuition" or "Mach 3" type)
Cotton Swabs (i.e. Q‐tips)
Band‐aids, Gauze Pads, First Aid Kits
Lip balm / Chap Stick
Baby Powder & Foot Powder (travel size)
Loufa Sponges / Buff Puffs / Washcloths
Tissues (individual packs; travel size only)
Sunblock, SPF 45, Zinc, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera Gel
Bug Spray / DEET / Skin‐So‐Soft
Hand & Body Lotion / Moisturizer (travel size)
Mouthwash (travel size)
Toothpaste & Toothbrushes & Dental Floss
VITAMINS (multi‐vitamins are always needed!)
Breath Mints / Breath Strips
Lozenges / Cough Drops
Nail files / Emery Boards / Nail Clippers
Tylenol, Motrin, Advil or Aspirin Packets
Shoe Insole Cushions (gel kind is best)
ENTERTAINMENT and SPORTS:
Batteries: “AA” "AAA" and “C” are the most requested
DVD Movies (new or used ‐ recent releases)
Xbox Games (new or used)
PS2 Games (new or used)
Portable CD players / head phones
Small homemade gifts ‐ little comforts of "home"
Pens & mechanical pencils
Stationery & Envelopes; blank cards to send home
Day planners / Small, Pocket Calendars
Crossword Puzzles / Word Search Books / Math Puzzle books / MAD LIBS / Logic Problems / Sudoku
Yo‐Yo's, Dominoes, playing cards, poker chips, dice
Board games (UNO, Othello, checkers ‐ travel size is great, too!)
Nerf footballs / Whiffle balls / Mitts / Sports equipment
Electronic handheld games
35 mm disposable cameras
Flash Drives, Thumb Drives for laptop computers
Socks: Black, Olive Green & White (cotton and/or wool)
T‐Shirts: Cotton green & tan under shirts (Sizes: M, L & XL)
Small Flashlights (battery operated)
Socks: Black, Olive Green & White (cotton and/or wool)
Patriotic knick‐knacks: USA flags, flags from your state, bandanas, baseball hats, football jerseys, banners.
Black or Green duct tape, small tool kits, dust masks, carpentry tools, Fly swatters, fly paper, mosquito netting, bug
Repellant in plastic pump bottles only (NO AEROSOL CANS, PLEASE!)
Religious booklets, small bibles, inspirational readings
Small toys & school supplies for Iraqi & Afghani children
Winter Hats & Blankets (Yes, it snows in the winter over there!)
Combat Application Tourniquets (black only)
Science Diet DRY Dog Food,
NO RELIGIOUS ITEMS
GLASS BOTTLES OR GLASS JARS
AEROSOL CANS OR SPRAYS
LIGHTERS, MATCHES OR LIGHTER FLUID
MUSIC CDS (WE BUY SPECIFIC CDS TROOPS REQUEST)