Nationwide Insurance Company is collecting supplies for military boxes to be assembled and mailed by the Sonshine Box Organization.

Bob Pell, manager for Nationwide Insurance, located at 117 N. Bridge St., Newcomerstown, has designated his office as a donation sight for those in the community wishing to donate supplies for the military boxes.

"As a community, we need to do all we can to honor our military men and women," Pell said.

Judy Simmerman, an employee of Nationwide Insurance, is coordinating the donation drive for Nationwide.

"I like knowing that each soldier whose name is submitted is receiving an individual box of items from my community," said Simmerman.

Nationwide will accept donations from the public starting now through July 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon (except holidays). Items can be dropped off at the reception area located inside the main entrance. Nationwide will continue collecting indefinitely for future boxings.

Riverside Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is collecting supplies for military boxes to be assembled and mailed by the Sonshine Box Organization. Dwayne Shepherd, Riverside Manor administrator, has designated Riverside Manor a donation site for those in the community wishing to donate supplies for the military boxes.

Linda Ford, coordinator for this project, feels that this is a great community service to honor our military men and women.

Ford is excited about the donation drive, "We want to show our support for our troops and get the community involved."

Riverside Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will accept donations from the public starting now through July 30, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the business office located in the main building through the glass doors. Riverside Manor will continue collecting indefinitely for future boxings.

Kindred's Cambridge Health Care and Rehabilitation Center is collecting supplies for military boxes to be assembled and mailed by the Sonshine Box Organization. Mario Cristofides, executive director for Kindred Health Care, has designated Cambridge Health Care a donation site for those in the community wishing to donate supplies for the military boxes. Cristofides feels that this is a great community service to honor our military men and women.

Cristofides, a military veteran, is excited about the donation drive, "We want to do what ever we can to support our troops and get the community involved."

Cambridge Health Care and Rehabilitation Center will accept donations from the public starting now through July 30 for 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the reception area located inside the main entrance. Cambridge Health Care will continue collecting indefinitely for future boxings.

Several local soldiers have already received "Sonshine Boxes" and they are all very grateful. To name a few: A.J. Anderson, Jeremy Wade, Lewis Barchanowicz, Marion Rominger, Cory Springer, Ken Reed, Dustin Crum, Jesse McKee, Mark Strauss and many more.

The Birds Run Community Church formed a program back in April of 2003 called "Sonshine Boxes" to be sent overseas to military men and women. The boxes contain useful items such as personal hygiene products, snacks and a military edition of "Daily Bread," an inspirational booklet. The group has successfully sent over 6000 boxes overseas. They choose a representative of a military unit and send the boxes directly to that person to distribute to the other troops. Families give them their permission to use the addresses. The families are usually in contact with their loved ones and therefore they anticipate the delivery. The group successfully mailed 265 boxes March 27.

Donations toward postage for this ministry can be made out to Sonshine Box Organization, P.O. Box 18, Kimbolton, OH 43749. Also, If you would like to help support this ministry by collecting supplies or by participating in the assembly day, you may contact Mark and Mona Stoffer at 498-4253; or Perry and Jodie Baranich at 432-2893.

The group encourages calls with names and addresses of soldiers who would like to receive a Sonshine box. Lastly, if soldiers need to be removed from the list due to their return to the states, contact the Stoffers.

The Sonshine Box Organization is recognized by the Blue Star Mothers of America.