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summer list gifts for trooos

The MOST NEEDED & REQUESTED items are listed below:
ITEMS in PURPLE are the MOST POPULAR REQUESTS!

SPRING TIME LIST


FOOD, SNACKS AND DRINKS:
 (Please - no expire)   NO PORK

  • PROTEIN POWDER & PROTEIN BARS (Top request!)
  • POWDER DRINK MIX (Gatorade, Kool-Aid, Crystal Light)
  • TUNA & CHICKEN SALAD (in foil pouches, or ready-to-eat kits (no cans)
  • BEEF JERKY / SLIM JIMS
  • SUNFLOWER SEEDS & PUMPKIN SEEDS
  • CHOCOLATE PRODUCTS – NO WILL MELT
  • Hard Pretzels / Cheetos / Fritos / Chex Mix / Wheat Thins / Ritz Crackers
  • Granola Bars / Power Bars / Cereal Bars / Cliff Bars
  • Fig Newton’s, Oreos, Cheese & Crackers - Small Packs
  • Trail Mix, Dried Fruit, Granola, Fruit Roll-Ups / Fruit By The Foot / Fruit Gummies
  • NUTS: Peanuts, Mixed Nuts (salted preferred)
  • MICROWAVE FOOD (Chef-Boy-R-Dee, stews, etc.)
  • COOKIES / Girl Scout Cookies ( not chocolate)
  • Rice Krispy Treats (Store-bought only)
  • Little Debbie’s & Hostess cake products
  • Cereal (Small, individual boxes)
  • Condiments, Spices; Sugar; Salad Dressing (no glass jars)
  • Caffeinated energy gum or candy (to stay alert)

 

TOILETRIES: NO HOTEL SAMPLES!  Please choose fragrance free toiletry items


(Note: Some troops have allergies & need Brand Name toiletries which list all ingredients. The military issues and/or sells toiletries to our troops, however troops often miss their favorite brand of shampoo or soap. Our goal is to send troops reminders of home & items they miss)

  • Body Wash, Liquid Soap, NO BAR SOAP!!–   Facial Cleanser
  • Antibacterial hand wipes
  • Baby wipes
  • Q tips
  • Hair Gel (for female troops to pull hair back)
  • Combs / Brushes / Bobby Pins (in original packaging, please)
  • Deodorant (travel size)
  • Shaving Cream in Tubes / Shaving Soap (No CANS of Shaving Cream!)
  • Lip Balm / Chap Stick / Carmex / Blistex
  • Hand & Body Lotion / Moisturizer (travel size)
  • Sunblock, SPF 45, Zinc, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera Gel
  • Bug Spray / DEET / Skin-So-Soft
  • Mouthwash (travel size)
  • Breath Mints / Breath Strips
  • Lozenges / Cough Drops
  • Loufa Sponges / Buff Puffs
  • Nail files / Emery Boards / Nail Clippers
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Moleskin & Shoe Insole Cushions (gel kind is best)
  • Tylenol, Motrin, Advil or Aspirin Packets (Please check expiration dates)
  • Eye Drops (i.e. Visine)
  • Nasal Spray
  • Vitamins (These are always needed. Please check expiration dates)

ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS:

  • DVD Movies (new or used - recent releases only, please!)
  • Xbox Games, PSP, PS2 & PS3 Games (new or used)
  • iTunes® Gift Cards (Top request!)
  • Computer Flash Drives & Thumb Drives
  • Game Books: (Crossword Puzzles / Word Search Books / Math Puzzle books / MAD LIBS / Logic Problems / Sudoku)
  • Yo-Yo's, Dominoes, Poker Chips & Mats, Dice
  • Board games (UNO, Othello, Checkers - travel size is great, too!)
  • Dart Boards (regular or magnetic - any size)
  • Nerf Footballs / Whiffle bats, balls & Mitts / Sports equipment
  • Frisbees / Hackey sacks

OTHER:

  • LINENS: Pillow cases, twin sheets, towels & washcloths (green & tan)
  • LAUNDRY DETERGENT/ FABRIC SOFTENER SHEETS:
  • Bold Powder, Cheer Liquid (all versions),Cheer Powder (all versions),All Powder (all versions),Surf Powder (all versions), Woolite (all versions)
  • FLASHLIGHTS - SMALL (battery operated. Surefire Brand preferred)
  • AIR FRESHENERS (standalone-not plug-in. Car types are also good)
  • Ziploc bags small and medium size
  • PHONE CARDS - Pre-Paid
  • AAFES MILITARY EXCHANGE PHONE CARDS:

    PREPAID PHONE CARDS - Units vs. Minutes
    While other retailers sell AT&T prepaid cards, only the Military Exchange Global Prepaid cards offer the best value for calls made from an AT&T phone center in deployed areas.
  • MCI Prepaid Calling Cards from Iraq & Afghanistan
    MCI has introduced a prepaid calling card that can be used from Iraq. This card is sold in $10 and $20 denominations. The rate to call from Iraq to the US is 45¢ per minute. A $10 card will allow for a 22 minute phone call from Iraq to the US and the $20 has 44 minutes for the same call. This card can be used to call anywhere in the world from the US and can be used from about a 130 different countries around the world. Call to the U.S. from U.S. Military Bases worldwide on a DSN line (Defense System Network) for 5¢/min.
  • AT&T Calling Centers
    AT&T is installing calling centers and phones in U.S. Military bases and camps in Iraq and other locations in the middle east. These AT&T Calling Centers have phones that automatically connect to AT&T USADirect Service for calls back to the U.S.; the phones accept a variety of payment methods, including AT&T Prepaid Phone Cards. Look for dialing instructions on the phone. Calling centers are currently installed at Al Asad Air Base, Al Sahra Air Base/Tirkrit-Palace Complex, Baghdad Int'l Airport, Balad Air Base, Camp Babylon, Camp Falcon, Camp Performance, FOB Speicher, MEK Compound, Mosul Air Base, Muleskinner, Talil Air Base and Victory Base in Baghdad. Installation is pending at Al Kut, FOB Munsan, FOB Q-West, and Kirkuk. Rate to use the AT&T Prepaid Card from Iraq AT&T Calling Centers to the US is 45¢ per minute. The AT&T cards are 45 cents/minute. So a 500 minute card is worth about 12 minutes. A 100 minute card which is typically what is donated is only worth about 2.5 minutes of talk time.
  • Dust masks, Fly swatters, fly paper, mosquito netting, bug repellent in plastic pump bottles only - NO AEROSOL or PRESSURIZED CANS.
  • Gun cleaning supplies (lube) such as Militec-1 & CLP
  • Alarm Clocks (Small in size; wind-up or battery-operated)
  • T-SHIRTS: Cotton green & tan under shirts - new (Sizes: M, L & XL) 
    [Note: The DOD banned "Under-Armor" shirts due to its material being potentially flammable & bad reactions to open wounds.]
  • SOCKS: Black, Olive Green & White (cotton or wool)
  • Water Bottles, Travel Mugs & Thermoses with Lids (for Coffee, Soup, etc)
  • Elixir & Water Purification Tablets for Camelbaks
  • Combat Application Tourniquets (black only)

CARDS & LETTERSThe troops love to hear from all of us and Mail brightens their days! These are the MOST IMPORTANT items we can send the troops & we can never have too many, so please keep writing! 

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