Friday, September 11, 2009

Support Our Troops with Care Package Items!

We're playing Santa again this year to U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan during the holidays with our drive to collect care packages for Operation Support Our Troops of Illinois.

Starting today, September 11, we're collecting items to stuff into Christmas stocking care packages that will be sent to U.S. troops deployed in the Middle East. These care packages include a litany of items not readily available to troops in their deployed locations, such as hand sanitizer and shaving cream, as well as personal letters, cards and notes of support. For a list of items most requested by U.S. troops stationed overseas, visit

You can bring your donations to our Naperville branch at 1519 N. Naper Boulevard or our Bolingbrook branch at 267 S. Weber Road before October 31. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Support Our Troops Illinois has sent more than 25,000 care packages to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Last year, our employees and members collected 160 pounds of snacks and gifts, and $140 in cash, which was used to ship the packages to the troops. A Naperville Brownie Troop also wrote letters of encouragement to the troops. Our men and women in the military are working so hard for our country that we want to send items to brighten their day a bit!

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