Nov 9, 2015 5:00 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett
The Adopt a Soldier for Christmas program marks it's 13th year this year, and it is in need of volunteers, donations and money for postage.
The goal of the program is simple, to make sure that U.S. Troops deployed overseas know that they are missed, and get some extra love for the holidays.
Area residents are encouraged to donate items that will fill a shoe box ... so it can be shipped off. Things like socks, high protein snacks, wet wipes, magazines, reading materials, letters and drawings from children.
Drop off barrels are located throughout the city, including Walmart, Safeway on East Avenue and Powell's Sweet Shop Downtown. Volunteers will also be collecting in the Walmart Parking lot between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and again on Friday November 20th.
A drop off location will also be located from November 16th through the 20th from 6-8:30 p.m. in the parking lot behind Wendy's, at the North Valley Plaza Shopping Center.
Due to increased security at the Armory, volunteers who want to help on packing day must attend a training meeting on Thursday, November 19th at 7 p.m.
Friends and family of soldiers stationed in the middle east are welcome to contact the program to include their loved one's names on the recipient list.
If you want to help with postage, simply write a check to the UPS Store on Mangrove, which provides shipping at cost. Between 6-800 boxes are sent off each year.
You can find out more information on the Adopt a Soldier Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Adopt-a-Soldier-for-Christmas-145122778866521/photos_stream or by calling (530) 521-0581.