Dec. 1 is third annual Make A Difference Day

Watertown –Mayer Community Education along with Watertown American Legion, Women’s Auxiliary, Volunteers of America-RSVP, Watertown -Mayer Public Schools, local churches and community service groups would like to extend a community wide invitation to attend the 3rd annual Make a Difference Day in honor of our veterans and troops.

The Make a Difference day offers an opportunity for all generations from across the community to come together to support a common cause. The event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the Watertown-Mayer High School Cafeteria.

There are multiple ways you can be involved in this event. You can:

• Donate items listed below. Items will be collected the W-M Community Education Office (located in the Primary School, 313 Angel Ave N.W. in Watertown) until Wednesday, Nov. 28, prior to the event. Or, items can be brought Saturday, Dec. 1, to W-M High School cafeteria at 9:30 a.m. Items will then be sorted into individual care packages. Donations to the local food shelf are also encouraged.

• Inform W-M Community Education of Local Troops who are stationed overseas. Please contact Rachel Bender at 952-955-0282 or Rachel.bender@wm.k12.mn.us with contact information for your friends and family who are deployed.

• Help out on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Watertown-Mayer High School Cafeteria. The morning will be filled with activities including assembly of care packages for Watertown/Mayer soldiers overseas, letter writing and drawings to send to our service men and women, addressing boxes, and much more. Refreshments and entertainment will also be provided.

Last year 50 participants packed 50 care packages weighing over 500 pounds, with snacks, books, and assorted toiletries that were shipped off to bases including Afghanistan and to a ship in the Persian Gulf. Recipients of the care packages were local residents currently serving and other individuals in various units. Please come out and help us top last year’s amount.

If you have any questions please contact the W-M Community Education Office at 952-955-0282 or Rachel.bender@wm.k12.mn.us or hwaldock@wm.k12.mn.us.

Suggested Donations: Beef jerky, beef sticks, chicken pouches, tuna pouches, insect repellent wipes, canned fruit, batteries, cappuccino mixes, disposal cameras, pre-sweetened Kool-Aid, stationery & envelopes, cereal bars, energy bars, cheese spread, chips, snack mix, crackers, flashlights, cookies, dried fruit, plastic bowls and utensils, nuts, instant soup, zip lock bags, instant coffee, creamer, fruit pies, paperback books, ramen noodles, microwave mac & cheese, air fresheners, tea bags, microwave popcorn, hand held battery fan, candy (non-chocolate), gum, Advil, Tylenol, sinus medication, antacids, Pepto Bismol, toys, balls, Frisbees, board games, antibiotic creams, condiments in packets, playing cards, board games, foot powder, boot powder, body powder, baby oil, contact lens supplies, laundry soap, body wash, soap, greeting cards, chapstick, cotton balls, magazines, deodorant, body lotion, sewing kit, mirror, mouth wash, small pillows, nasal spray, wet wipes, prepaid phone cards, shampoo, conditioner, word or puzzle books, razors, shaving cream (tube) toothpaste, toothbrush.

A list of appropriate items can be found online at www.ustroopcarepackage.com or call Community Ed at 952-955-0280 for a copy of the list.

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