KIMBOLTON -- Sonshine Box Organization is sending some "sonshine" to our military serving overseas.
The next assembly of boxes is scheduled Saturday, Dec. 6 at 9 a.m. in the home of Mark and Mona Stoffer.
Donation sites in the surrounding area for the public to drop off supplies include:
• Riverside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 1100 E. State Road, Newcomerstown, available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 5
• Nationwide Insurance Agency, 117 N. Bridge St., Newcomerstown, available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon through Dec. 5
• Cambridge Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1471 Wills Creek Valley Drive, Cambridge, available 24 hours every day through Dec. 5
• Dover Buehler's, 3000 N. Wooster Ave., Dover, starting Nov. 22 through Dec. 4
• Randy's Body Shop, 235 Seventh St. NE, New Philadelphia, available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment through Dec. 5
• Marc and Jane Kneuss, owners of the 250 Antique Mall, 9043 Route 250 SE, Dennison. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Wednesdays. Gathering now through Dec. 5.
Some needed supplies are 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, shaven cream, Mike and Ike box candy, Runts, Hot Tamales (personally requested from a soldier).
Containers should be travel size, and no chocolate due to melting.
The history of the extends back to April 2003 when the program was formed by the Birds Run Community Church.
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 11,000 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 Muskingum University Student Veterans, a chapter of the Student Veterans of America, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans and the American Legion.
Most recently, the group successfully mailed 280 boxes on Aug. 2.
Donations toward postage for this ministry can be made out to: Sonshine Box Organization, P.O. Box 18, Kimbolton, OH 43749.
Anyone who would like to help support this ministry by collecting supplies, or by participating in the assembly day may contact Mark and Mona Stoffer at 498-4253.
The group encourages calls with names and addresses of soldiers who would like to receive a sonshine box.
If soldiers need to be removed from the list due to their return to the states, contact the Stoffers.