LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The thought of thousands of soldiers not being able to spend the holidays with their families brings Robin Whitt to tears.
"They live their life everyday in danger, and they are doing it for us. It's just the greatest sacrifice that someone can make," says Whitt.
Her son, Jesse, is a Private First Class Two stationed in Fort Hood, Texas.
"I am a army mom, a very proud army mom."
That's why Whitt adopted a unit of 100 soliders, who are stationed in a remote area of Afghanistan.
"They have no idea what is coming for them. They will be completely surprised."
Right now, Robin and her staff at Re/max Realty are filling up boxes of items to send to this troop just in time for the holidays.
"It's like christmas to us every time somebody drops something off. We are so excited to deliver this stuff."
Inside are everyday items you and I may take for granted.
But, Whitt says she needs your help to help fill all 100 boxes, to send out on December 3rd.
"We really appreciate what they are doing, this is a little tiny piece of gratitude that means the world to them."
If you can't send items, a letter to a soldier is just as powerful.
One girl wrote:
"I appreciate everything you do for our country. I can't even imagine what it would be like to be away from my family in a war zone. Stay safe and take care. From your friend, Cynthia."
Below are the items still needed. If you would like to make a cash contribution, it will be used to ship the packages and/or purchase more items to send.
Bring items and money to:
2326 Del Prado Blvd. S
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Sweetened Kool-Aid packets
Country Time Lemonade Mix
Lipton Tea Mixes
Gatorade Singles (to add to bottled water)
Crystal Light Singles
Candy of all kinds
Canned salsa, dips
Canned tuna, chicken
Chocolate anything (they don’t care if it’s melted)Coffee
Cookies (all kinds)
Hickory Farms stuff (no need for refrigeration)Hot Chocolate
Hot sauce (like Tabasco)
Protein Health Bars
Health and Hygiene:
Mouthwash (without alcohol)
Books (new or used)
Crossword puzzle books
Magazines (Newsweek, People, Cosmo, Sports anything, etc.)
Tabloid newspapers (they are fun to read)
Boot socks (gray, green, black only w/ thick soles - Wal-Mart has them)
White ankle socks
Laundry Detergent (powder)
Twin Bed Sheets – Pillow Cases
Share who and where you are:
Your local newspapers/comics
Jokes you know
Our soldiers love any news from the outside world
Things NOT To Send:
-Obscene articles (prints, paintings, cards, films, videotapes, etc).
-Any matter depicting nude or seminude persons, pornographic or sexual items, or non-authorized political materials.
-Bulk quantities of religious materials contrary to the Islamic faith.
-Items for the personal use of the addressee are permissible.
-Pork or pork by-products.