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Scouts seek gift package help

Boy Scout Troop 48 is collecting gifts to send to troops in Afghanistan for the holidays.

The troop is seeking both supplies and sponsorships of boxes from the post office that include postage.

The boxes cost $10.35 or $12.95 each. The troop will fill them with supplies and send them with the sponsor's information if desired so the troops know who sent the care package.

Items and donations are due by Nov. 30 and may be dropped off at Valley Feed and Supply, 112 S. Royal St., Eagle Point, the Big R store along Highway 62 in White City and all Grange Co-op stores. Those who need someone to pick up items may call Darrin Thornton at 541-944-3626.

"I hope we can make a difference in some of these soldiers' lives, even if just for a day," says troop member Bryce Thornton.

The troop will sort and pack the care packages Dec. 6-7 at the Eagle Point Campus Life building starting at 5 p.m.

Ideas for donations include peanut butter and jelly, dried fruit, pistachios, cashews, flavored creamer, Pringles potato chips, foods such as macaroni and cheese and Top Ramen, popcorn, nuts, sunflower seeds, cereal bars, instant drinks, socks, shower shoes, wet wipes, antibiotic wipes, aloe vera lotions, chapsticks, sunscreen, foot powder, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, brush, floss, razors, shaving cream, gel bug repellent in cream form, air fresheners/non aerosols/plug-in scented candles, eye drops, bath towels, Nerf balls, Frisbees, squirt guns, playing cards, stress balls, DVD movies, Sudoku books, crossword books, magazines, disposable cameras, prepaid phone cards, blank cards to send home and batteries including AA, AAA, C, D and 9-volt.

Homemade goodies are welcome, but they should be vacuum-sealed or stored in a way that they'll keep for several weeks.

The troop has collected a variety of items from businesses, including cash donations, jerky, hand wipes, gum, mints, candy, DVDs, books, Beanie Babies, hot sauce and free transportation for the first 1,000 pounds of care packages by FedEx.

— Staff reports