A small group of retired military citizens in DuPont, Wash known as Operation Make a Soldier Smile (OMASS) are giving back to the troops. This group has been following their mission statement which is “The task ahead of us is never as great at the power behind us”. They are in their 4th year of collecting food, personal/entertainment and hygiene items for soldiers of Fort Lewis’. This year they are focusing on the 5th Stryker Brigade in Afghanistan.
Donations will be accepted every Saturday 9am-12pm through November 14 at OMASS Headquarters at 1100 Station Dr, DuPont, Wash 98327. Their final date to accept donations is November 14 at the same location.
They ask that you please visit their website www.operationmakeasoldiersmile.com for their entire donation list and additional drop off locations. Please note all items donated must be individual, trial or travel sized no large items please as their shipping boxes are limited in size.
The food wish list includes nonperishable foods such as Oberto beef jerky, licorice, candy, canned meats, (NO PORK PRODUCTS), peanut butter, crackers, cookies, nuts, protein bars and much more.
Also requested are used CD’s, DVD’s, zip ties, travel games, hand warmers, crossword puzzle books (paperback) and water bottle insulators, dust masks.
Hygiene care products such as deodorant, lip balm, bar soap, nail clippers, eye drops, floss, hand sanitizer and shampoo/conditioner.
Beanie babies-new and small balls for the troops to hand out to children may be donated.
Non-Tax deductible monetary donations to cover shipping or shortage of items may be made by check payable to Operation Make a Soldier Smile (OMASS) c/o First Citizens Bank, 1495 Wilmington Dr, DuPont, WA 98327.
Any questions contact Denise Dhane 253-686-1505 or Paula Watters 253-227-9092
They welcome you to join them on Facebook.