Everything for Your Home's
Beauty, Comfort & Convenience 384-2123
704 Jamestown St, Columbia
Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Click here for information
Real Estate & Auction Co.
Duo County Telecom
Now Available Through
Your Cable Service!
GUN & PAWN
What's Going On
Info about the
Janice Holt Giles
and Henry Giles Society
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
Joyce Coomer: Items for troops
Some tips on items service people like to get when they are overseas
By Joyce Coomer
When Keith was in Kuwait and Iraq, I sent all kinds of things -- small packs of peanuts (sunflower seeds, cashews, etc.), small snack cakes, local newspapers (Keith said people from other places also read the newspapers.), paperback books, Bibles (The Dollar Store has some nice inexpensive ones.), notepads, magazines, toothpaste, shampoo (basically any personal hygiene items), and anything Keith said they couldn't handily get that other people had mentioned to him.
I even sent balloons for water balloon fights (another Dollar Store item), decks of cards, and anything that caught my eye that I thought people away from home might like to have. Whatever I sent Keith that he didn't use he placed in a common area where everyone had access to the items.
A selection of greeting cards (birthday, holiday, thank you, etc.) is also nice. You can also include stamps, stationery and envelopes (although with email those items aren't used as much as they used to be). And don't forget that when the troops are overseas around Christmas, they might like to have a miniature Christmas tree.
When shipping items to troops overseas, make sure you use a sturdy, undamaged box, and reinforce it well with heavy packing tape (top AND bottom -- you'd be surprised how many people will thoroughly tape the top of a box and leave the bottom barely held together with a single piece of tape that is coming apart). Wrap anything that is easily damaged in bubble wrap and place it as much in the center of the box as possible. Heavy items (books, etc.) should go in the bottom of the box.
It is also good to put an additional layer of cardboard in the bottom of the box and, depending on what items are on top, another layer of cardboard on top before you close the flaps and seal the box. - Joyce M. Coomer
This story was posted on 2013-05-16 11:09:22
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.
More articles from topic News:
Paul Everett Rogers, Taylor Co., KY (1927-2013)
Tire Amnesty starts this morning at 7amCT
Big Al reviews Kris Kristofferson show at the Ryman
Welcome! Vincent Andreas Burkhead
Col. Casey school open house is Sunday, May 19, 2013
2013 may put Adair past $1 million total collections for Crusade
Columbia City Council Special Called meeting May 16, 2013
CAUD Boil Water Advisory for Fairplay Road area lifted
Gaither Homecoming Artist Adams Voice in concert May 19, 2013
Region 3 Drug Courts collecting items for military in Afghanistan
View even more articles in topic News
Click for Info
Bank of Columbia
If You're Thinking of Selling,
Let Us Do the Yelling
Principal Broker & Auctioneer
Burton Real Estate
& Auction Service
Call Us For Appraisals
Click for Listings
On This Site
or Click Here
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
ColumbiaMagazine.com content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.