Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club filling Military Care Packages on Nov. 11

By Ginger Bord, RSF Garden Club

The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club needs your help to honor our brave men and women who have responded to the call of duty and are overseas fighting for you, your children and grandchildren, for the future of our nation. We need to let them know they have not been forgotten and that we appreciate their sacrifice. With all the chaos in Washington D.C. over budget and healthcare it appears that the fact that we are still fighting a war, that our troops are far from home, away from family and living in dangerous conditions has been become “old news.”

Monday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day and for the third year the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club is coordinating a community-wide event to send care packages to our troops who are fighting for our freedom. The boxes will be packed on Veterans Day with toiletries, snacks, and comfort items. What we want from you are the items that the troops need and have requested. We need cash donations to pay for postage to send the boxes; each USPS flat rate box costs $13. These young men and women are in hostile countries, they are not near bases and the things requested are everyday items we take for granted. The boxes serve another purpose in that they represent offerings of appreciation from the people of our nation and community. A personal note from children and families makes an even greater statement.

We have made it easy for you to donate by placing “baskets” around the village for you to drop off the things on the list. The list includes Toiletries: unscented soap, shampoo, deodorant, lip balm, foot and body powder, bug repellant, sunscreen, throat lozenges, toothbrushes, floss and Qtips. Snacks: beef/turkey jerky, nuts, crackers, candy (no chocolate), protein/granola bars, cookies, gum, sunflower seeds, individual drink mixes( single coffee, tea, lemonade, tang or berry packets.). Comforts: small notebooks, pens, unsharpened pencils, word and puzzle game books (anagrams, crossword, Sudoku, etc), playing cards, pre-stamped (Us regular postage) envelopes. The baskets are located at the RSF Library and Book Cellar, The Garden Club Shoppe (Tues., Wed., Sat), RSF Pharmacy, RSF Community Center, The Village Market and the R. Roger Rowe School. With the baskets are copies of the list. Checks should be made to the RSF Garden Club, PO Box 483, RSF, 92067. Please mark “for military packages”

Also, volunteers will be at the Post Office on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 7 and 8 from noon until 3 p.m. to accept your donations.

On Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., the packing of the boxes will begin, everyone is invited to come to the Garden Club and help with the packing. It is an awesome experience to be personally involved with the packages. Just come, as you are, when you can!

Our service men and women face uncertainty, loneliness and fear every day as they are far from home. This is a great opportunity for our community to let the troops know you appreciate their sacrifice and that they are not forgotten.