Donate some of your candy, supplies to support troops

Here’s your chance to make a difference in the lives of those who are currently serving in the military.


The Miami Valley chapter of Blue Star Mothers is holding its annual “TREATS for TROOPS” event. The organization routinely sends care packages to our deployed military. Its mission is to support all troops, veterans and each other. 


“TREATS for TROOPS” is the organization’s version of Trick-or-Treat” day.

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Here are some of the staples that are most needed and appreciated: 


Foods and snacks: beef jerky, Slim Jims, Vienna sausages, canned beans and wieners, canned fruit (pull top cans), powdered drink mixes, oatmeal, peanut butter crackers (no cheese), cookies, hot chocolate, nuts, trail mix packs, suckers, hard candy, tic-tacs, gum. No chocolate is permitted at this time of year because it can melt. 

Toiletries and dental products: Lip protectors, Q-Tips, toothbrushes, floss, toothpaste (large size), mouthwash, baby wipes, and disposable razors. 

Other: white tube socks, 2017 pocket calendars, pocket toys. 

If you’d like to add a personal thank-you, the group will see that it gets into one of the care packages. You’re asked to make sure your note is not in a closed envelope and does not include last names. Items donated should be small so they can be tucked into a pocket and carried when service men and women go out on missions. 

Bring your items to the Blue Star Mothers Troop Center — 6661 Clyo Road in Centerville — between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. You’ll see the flags flying. Because each package requires postage, money is also greatly appreciated. 


Items can also be mailed to: Blue Star Mothers of America, Miami Valley Chapter #3, Box 292722, Dayton, OH 45429. 


For more information, call (937) 671-8636 or visit

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