'Soldiers Wish List' collecting care packages for troops

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by Jasmine Huda, News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on October 4, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 4 at 10:51 AM

(KMOV)--The calendar says October. But a local organization is hard at work for the holidays, making sure troops serving overseas can get a little taste of home.

“A Soldiers Wish List” has begun collecting care packages for troops.  Sunday afternoon, shoppers purchased and donated items from a Wal-Mart in Belleville. The wrapped gifts will be sent to units in Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt in early December.
 
Gifts collected Sunday will be donated in memory of Lt. Dan Riordan, who was killed while serving in Iraq in 2007,
Shoppers donated items featured on a list provided to them as they entered the Wal-Mart. The list includes CD players, AA batteries, new DVD movies, handheld games, board games, coffee makers, and Gillette and Fusion Razors.
 
Paul Coleman, a shopper, said he purchased CDs and socks. He said his family members who have served overseas appreciate the smallest of items.
 
"You get something in the mail. Just to say thank you. That makes a big difference," Coleman said.
Last year, A Soldier’s Wish List met its goal of collecting 6,000 packages. This year, it is setting a goal of 10,000 packages.      
 
The next Soldier’s Wish List drop off will take place October 9th in Wentzville, and October 10 in Wood River, Illinois. Both events will take place at Wal-Mart stores.
 
The contact for A Soldier’s Wish List is Julieann Najar: 314-440-6859
Email: soldiersmother2@charter.net

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