The Ashland Beacon
Care Packages for Soldiers, a local organization, is ramping up for it’s third year in operation and asking the public’s assistance with donations for deployed soldiers.
“The mission is to help support our deployed service men and women around the world and to let them know they are not forgotten and that they are missed and cared for,” said creator and coordinator, Liza Dixon.
Care Packages for Soldiers began after Dixon said she wanted to do something celebrating her 30th birthday centered around charity.
“My husband and I talked it over and after talking to some of my husband’s family members who were previous active military and had all been deployed, we decided on care packages,” said Dixon.
Dixon said last year the organization filled 419 boxes to send to deployed soldiers.
“The most rewarding part is knowing that I made a difference to someone who might not have anyone to let them know they are missed and appreciated,” said Dixon.
Dixon is calling upon the community once again to assist with filling the boxes.
“I can always use people to help in many ways,” said Dixon. “Pickups, fundraising, box packing, letter writing, donating supplies.”
Dixon said the most needed donation is hygiene items, non-perishable snack items, coffee, individual coffee creamers, and drink mixes.
Care Packages for Soldiers is setting up drop-off locations throughout the community. Texas Roadhouse, Secondhand Rose, Members Choice Credit Union, City National Bank inside of Kings Daughter’s Medical Center, and the Ashland Elks will all have drop-off bins. Donations can also be picked up by event volunteers, by calling Dixon at 606.694.6486.
The biggest challenge for Care Packages for Soldiers continues to be the high shipping costs, said Dixon.
“Last year alone the shipping costs were over $5,000,” said Dixon.
All donations are due by April 17.
Dixon said the care-package boxing event has yet to be scheduled but the organization is hopeful to host it at the Ashland Elks Ballroom again this year. Dixon said she would also like to get more organizations involved with the cause.
“We just ask that if anyone wants to participate and will need their items picked up, just let me know so I can schedule a time that is convenient for them,” said Dixon. “We are also asking that kids write letters and draw pictures to be included in the care packages. The letters and drawings have been a huge hit the past two years and we love this tradition we have set.”