our troops overseas -- participate in Operation Gift Drop
pounds of materials sent so far as part of American Red Cross
Operation Enduring Support
November, 2001 the American Red Cross of Lee County has
conducted a program that supports U.S. troops overseas by
sending "quality of life" items that are distributed
free of charge by Red Cross personnel at deployment sites.
The program, Operation Gift Drop, sends packages of
personal hygiene items, snacks, candy and recreational or
entertainment items for use by the troops who are deployed at
sites where supplies are limited.
of February 2003, more than 3,000 pounds of items have been
sent with shipments scheduled every month to deployment sites
in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Cuba. More sites
will become available as troops are assembled in various
Red Cross personnel accompany the U.S. military at deployment
sites in all parts of the world, ensuring that emergency
communications from family members are sent and received and
conducting morale building activities. The packages sent as
part of Operation Gift Drop are distributed free of charge at
Red Cross canteens.
Red Cross is accepting donations of items from the list below.
Equally important and much needed are financial donations to
ship these packages overseas. The cost averages $1 per pound.
You can make a financial donation by check, made out to the
American Red Cross of Lee County (indicate "AFES Program
Support" in the memo line). Call our office at (239)
278-3401 or click
here to make a credit card donation.
must be new and in the original packaging where applicable.
Used items will not be accepted.
what we need:
wrapped pieces of hard candy (Twizzlers, Tootsie Rolls and
Tootsie Roll Pops; Bubble Gum; Skittles; lollipops; Life
Savers; Candy Sticks; Sweet Tarts, Mary Jane; Bit 'O
Honey; etc.) no
home made items or chocolate please.
popcorn, peanuts, pretzels and other snack foods.
Kool-Aid, Gatorade, and other sweetened drink mixes,
coffee, sugar, creamer, tea bags, hot chocolate, hot
items such as shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes,
toothpaste, shower soap/gel, hand sanitizer, hand lotion, wet
greeting cards (birthday; anniversary; Get Well; Miss You;
Mother's Day, Father's Day, etc.).
DVD's, music CD's and cassettes.
board games such as Chess, Checkers, Dominoes, Parcheesi,
Yahtzee, Uno, Cribbage, jigsaw puzzles, playing
paperback books (mysteries, action, drama, and science
fiction are highly read), puzzle books, comic books.
Decorations (St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Passover,
Patriotic Holidays; etc.)
to security restrictions, completed greetings cards,
letters, and notes are accepted on a limited basis and
only from youth groups. These letters and cards cannot
include the full name or personal address of the youth and
must be donated in unsealed envelopes.
more information, call our office at (239) 278-3401.