While most people enjoy the cooling fall weather, soldiers overseas are fighting to protect our freedom to do so. A group of Realtors locally and statewide are gathering items to send to soldiers, hoping to make their tours a little easier, said Hazel Hendrix, a local realtor helping lead the "Project Home" drive.
Items needed for the Armed Forces care packages include trial size toiletries, hygiene items, magazines, DVDs, nonperishable food and candy, baby wipes and hand sanitizer, white socks, air fresheners and travel-sized games, she said.
"Our goal is to send 300 care packages to our men and woman in uniform across the globe to show our gratitude for their sacrifice."
Items for the packages can be dropped off at Century 21 on South Main Street, she said. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the collection will last through the end of the week.
The project is sponsored by the Georgia Association of Realtors.
Specifically, the list of needs are: trial size shampoo and conditioner; body wash, toothbrushes, dental floss, multi-vitamins, deodorant, toothpaste, shaving cream, razors, loofahs and baby powder.
Also, gently used magazines, DVD movies (used or new), baby wipes, hand sanitizers, white socks for men or women ( must cover ankles) , air fresheners, travel-sized games such as cards, crossword puzzles, soduku, dominos and checkers.
Also, foods - nonperishable items such as candy ( no chocolate - it melts), potato chips, tuna packs, trail mix, drink mixes ( single serve size), beef jerky, protein bars, microwaveable meals, crackers, chewing gum, instant oatmeal, cookies.
For more information call Hendrix at (912) 536-1297 or the GAR office at 866-280-0576.
The project involves a number of local real estate companies both locally and statewide, she said.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.