Fairview Ministry Donations for Soldiers Overseas (Hugs for Soldiers)

The soldier that the Deacons have been supporting this past year has returned to the USA and we have decided to continue supporting our troops overseas through an organization called Hugs for Soldiers (www.hugsforsoldiers.org).

Hugs for Soldiers was founded in 2003 and is a ministry of Duluth First United Methodist Church, Duluth, GA. The program is dedicated to offering comforts from home and brightening a Soldier's day with a care package, card or letter of encouragement. Hugs for Soldiers started through a contact with a battalion of the 3rd Infantry Division based out of Fort Benning, Georgia. The program has grown over the years and now maintains many contacts with deployed military commanders, chaplains and other responsible troop leaders in order to send shipments of love and support to our troops.

Hugs for Soldiers is currently collecting items to prepare Christmas care packages for deployed service members. If you would like to help, please consider dropping off any of the items listed below in the box labeled "Hugs for Soldiers" in the narthex. Please consider including cards with holiday wishes to let our service members know we thank them, are thinking of them and praying for them at this time of year. Please include your name, and Fairviews name and address.

Deadline for Christmas donations is Sunday, November 26, 2017. (We will continue contributing to care packages all year long).

Suggested Donation Items:

Individual packets of hot chocolate or apple cider
Instant Ramen Noodle Soup 3 oz. packets (no cups)
Microwave popcorn
Holiday candy (great time to ship chocolate)
Slim Jims or Beef Jerky
Trail mix, nuts, sunflower seeds (individual sizes)
Cookies (small individual packs)

Other Items:
Gallon size Ziploc bags used for packing food items A new pair of socks (white & black athletic ) male & female Travel size games DVD Movies Knit/Crochet Hats and Scarves HOTHANDS Toe & Hand

Thank you for your continued support! If you have questions about the program, please check out the website!

The Fairview Deacons