KIMBOLTON Sonshine Box Organization is sending some sonshine to our military serving overseas. The next assembly of boxes is scheduled Saturday, Dec. 3 at 9 a.m. at the home of Mark and Mona Stoffer.
There are several donation sites in the surrounding area for the public to drop off supplies.
They are: Cambridge Health and Rehabilitation Center, located in Cambridge, 24 hours, seven days a week starting now through Dec. 2; Riverside Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located in Newcomerstown, open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting now through Dec. 2; Nationwide Insurance Agency, located at 117 N. Bridge St., Newcomerstown, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, now through Dec. 2; Caldwell Elementary during school months; and New Philadelphia Buehlers starting Saturday, Nov. 19 through Dec. 1.
Some needed supplies are: Mike and Ike box candy, Runts, Hot Tamales (personally requested from a soldier), foot powder, lotion, shampoo, body wash, chap stick, disposable razors, beef jerky, microwave popcorn, Ramen noodles, ring tab foods (beans and wieners, sausages, spaghetti), snack crackers, granola bars, breakfast bars, peanuts, licorice, snack size chips, sunscreen, baby wipes (a must have for soldiers), deodorant, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, notebook filler paper, writing pens, envelopes, shave cream.
Containers should be travel size, and no chocolate due to melting.
The Birds Run Community Church formed a program back in April of 2003 called Sonshine Boxes to be sent overseas to our 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 7,000 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. All soldier names and their addresses are confidential and are not shared with any other organization, group, or private individual. The organization is recognized and supported by the Blue Star Mothers of America, a nationally-recognized organization.
The group successfully mailed 244 boxes on Aug. 13.
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 740-432-2893.