Donate for annual ‘Love for the Troops’

San José State University’s Associated Students will be hosting its annul “Love for the Troops” event Feb. 11, where students will have a chance to put together care packages and write thank you letters for United States military members. Last year students put together 186 care packages with items donated and purchased by the SJSU community.

For those who would like to donate items, AS members put together a wish list of the most needed items. Donations can be dropped off at the Associated Student House on campus by Feb. 9, or a pick up can be scheduled for departments that collect a large number of items.

All individual items need to be able to fit in a quart-size Ziploc bag. Suggested items include:

  • Paracord survival bracelets
  • Travel-size games, such as board games, handheld games and playing cards
  • Pens and unsharpened pencils
  • Snacks such as energy bars, beef/turkey jerky, trail mix, fun-size candy bars, single-serving food packets (noodles, oatmeal, cold/hot cereal), Pringles snack stacks, single-serving sunflower seeds, ready-to-eat tuna or chicken salad packets, girl scout cookies, single-serving beverage mixes, such as Gatorade, Kool-Aid, MiO, Crystal light,
  • Personal care products such as lip balm, mini tissue/toilet paper packs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mini hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, individual packets of moist towelettes, deodorant, instant hand/foot warmers, foot powder (travel size) and socks (unused and unopened, preferably not white)

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