Thursday, November 4, 2010

Baby Wipes Needed for the Troops

A good friend of ours who is a Chaplain in the Navy sent me an email with the following request:

"LCDR Paul Smith is with the 1st MLG (FWD) off in the boondocks of Afghanistan. His unit is far from shower facilities, so depends on baby wipes for their personal hygiene. (If you have ever been on a small ship, such as a DDG, when water has been secured so that nobody can take showers, even those in engineering, you have a taste of what this unit is experiencing.) He is asking for donations of baby wipes and small ziplock bags to help his people out.

The U.S. Post Office has "free" mailing boxes for overseas shipments, and you pay flat-rate postage to Afghanistan ($12.50 for the large APO/FPO box). One box can hold 7 packages of baby wipes and 2 small boxes of ziplock bags. 

(If you want to toss in a few treats that do well in extreme heat and have a long shelf-life (ex. beef jerky), that would be nice!)

Send the boxes to:
LCDR Paul L. Smith
Chaplain, 1st MLG (FWD)
Unit 42175
FPO AP 96427-2175

If you belong to any civilian organizations, they may be interested in helping out! It is a great alternative COMREL, where we are taking care of our own, in a very understandable, practical way. If they end up getting too many, I know they will share them with other units in the same situation."

Friends and family are always asking me what is needed for the troops or what can they send to Dave when he was deployed.  I never knew exactly what to tell them but now I do.  Our troops need baby wipes.  I will be going to the store and stocking up on baby wipes and sending a big box to LCDR Paul L. Smith.  Want to join me and help our troops with something very basic that is needed? I would love for you to leave a comment on my blog if you decide to do this.

Thanks so much for your help in supporting our troops!

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