Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club collecting donations for ‘Operation Military Care Packages’


By Ginger Bord, RSF Garden Club

Operation Military Care Packages! The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club is excited about our community project for sending Care Packages to U.S. troops overseas in time for Thanksgiving. We all appreciate the sacrifice that our military men and women give for our country, but never know how we can show that gratitude. A simple care package full of daily necessities and treats, the “little things” we take for granted, not only provides the items they need but also creates a connection between the troops and us while demonstrating our support for them.

Starting on Oct. 24, the Garden Club will be collecting items at the Rancho Santa Fe Library and the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center and the office of James Jam at 16921 Via de Santa Fe. The Garden Club will have a collection box available when the club is open for scheduled programs and at The Shoppe during regular days and times.

The items listed are those requested by the troops:

Foot and Body Powder, Lip Balm, Sunscreen, bug repellent, Large unscented wet wipes, deodorant, shampoo, toothbrushes, Qtips, body wash (no pump) floss, razors, body wash, eye drops and throat lozenges. Individual powdered drink mixes (lemonade, berry drink, Tang etc.), tea bags or single coffee, beef/turkey jerky, nuts, sunflower seeds, plain crackers or “stuffed” crackers, candy and protein bars (no chocolate), granola bars, gum, cookies and Pringles. Small notebooks or writing paper, pens and unsharpened pencils, books for crossword or word games, Sudoko books, board games (chess, checkers), playing cards and current sports magazines, maybe appropriate magazines for the ladies.

Cash for the cost of shipping!

Imagine yourself away from home, no Target or Costco or CVS, it is hot, dry, sandy and bugs (especially sand fleas) are abundant and you are living minimally, no real comfort and wondering why.

Veteran’s Day is Friday, Nov. 11, and that will be the day for assembling all the “goodies” that have been collected, flat rate boxes from the Post Office will be used and the Care Packages will be sent out and received by our troops before Thanksgiving. The cost for each box is $11, therefore cash contributions are needed to ship the boxes. Cash donations can be sent to The RSF Garden Club, PO box 483, Rancho Santa Fe 92067, checks should be made out to The RSF Garden Club. Remember, on 11-11-11, at 11 a.m., the packing party will meet to “stuff” boxes and each box is only $11! For $110 ten flat rate boxes will be mailed.

How many boxes are mailed out depends on how much we collect between Oct. 24 and Nov. 9. I have already assured several of the unit commanding officers that the people of Rancho Santa Fe are thankful, generous and patriotic; I know that to be true.

For questions or information go to the Garden Club website: or or call Ginger Bord 1-760-761-0989 or La Verne Schlosser 756-4529.

Note: Personal toiletries should not be scented, or at the least be mild, bugs are attracted to scents. No chocolate due to melting, Tootsie Rolls are the exception! No liquids or aerosol cans.