Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club spearheading creation of military care packages for the troops

The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club will once again facilitate a community effort to honor the country’s active military serving overseas. For two weeks prior to Veterans Day collection boxes will be placed around the village for people to drop off the items that are specifically requested and much needed by our men and women in uniform. There will be two boxes at The Rancho Santa Fe Library, one upstairs, and one in the Book Cellar.

The Garden Club will also offer two opportunities, one in The Shoppe and one upstairs. The offices of James Jam on Via de Santa Fe will have a drop off basket outside the door during regular business hours.

Funds for the cost of shipping and the purchase of additional items are definitely needed. Last year in the spirit of community the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation and the Rancho Santa Fe Republican Women donated funds, as did many generous individuals. With the generous donations we were able to use the large flat rate USPS boxes, which were “stuffed” to the top with the many needed items the troops have requested. Each box also included a handwritten note, many written by children from the Community Center. The humble euphoria of the volunteers was moving as the boxes were filled, closed, addressed (including itemized customs forms), sorted by the AFO addresses into stacks and then 106 care packages were delivered to the post office. The packages were sent to three different units of Marines stationed in Afghanistan and were gratefully received before the holidays

The Horticultural Committee at the Garden Club is once again asking the people and organizations of Rancho Santa Fe to generously participate in this worthy project in time for Veterans Day. The community at large is being asked to generously contribute with money, items, and effort for this endeavor to celebrate and personally acknowledge Rancho Santa Fe’s appreciation to those serving bravely overseas.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to gather on Friday, Nov. 9, at the Garden Club, at 10 a.m. to fill boxes with books, candy, soaps, cookies, bug repellent, hygiene products, and a variety of other things. Notes will be written and added to the packages — what a great opportunity to make a difference for those protecting this country. Checks may be sent to the RSF Garden Club, PO Box 483, RSF, please mark for military packages.

For more information or call Ginger Bord @760-761-0989.

Example of needed items:

Beef jerky

Individual drink mixes (coffee, tea, lemonade, etc)

Foot and body powder

Disposable razors

Granola bars

Hard candies (no chocolate)

Sports magazines

Wipes, larger and thick

Insect repellents

Non- scented soap & shampoo

Non-scented deodorant & lotions