How to participate
Anyone who has a loved one serving in the military should contact Delaine Brown at 826-6555 or Heather Fross at 826-6589 with the soldier’s address so they can receive a care package.
The Moffat County High School Student Council is preparing care packages to ship to active-duty soldiers.
There’s just one problem, said Delaine Brown, MCHS registrar and student council advisor.
The council needs addresses.
“We only have about five addresses,” Brown said.
The care packages are the result of a recent student council initiative to collect sundries and used cell phones for active-duty soldiers.
Donations of snacks, books, toiletries and more were accepted at MCHS, City Market, Walgreens and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 from Nov. 11 through Monday.
“We had a tremendous amount of donations,” Brown said. “We’ll be able to send out 20 or 30 boxes, easily.”
The student council is asking the public for names and addresses of any current military personnel from Northwest Colorado.
“(The soldiers) just need to be active, currently in the military,” Brown said of potential recipients. “But, they can be in the States, out of the States, anywhere…not necessarily in Afghanistan or Iraq.”
Also, soldiers receiving packages don’t need to only be from Northwest Colorado, Brown said. The student council will accept addresses from Moffat County residents who have loved ones in the military.
“The whole purpose is to send (care packages) out to anybody in the military, but our priority is for local soldiers,” Brown said. “We would really like to send packages to as many (soldiers) as possible.”
Students throughout the school district also wrote letters to soldiers, which will be included in the packages.
The cell phone donations are handled by Cell Phones for Soldiers, an organization that collects used phones in exchange for prepaid calling cards that are given to soldiers.
Brown said she wasn’t sure how many phone cards the community’s efforts will raise, but donations were substantial.
“We have a huge box of cell phones to send off,” she said.
Brown said the student council will accept addresses through Dec. 10.
Contact Brown at 826-6555 or Heather Fross at 826-6589.
Food Bank donations being accepted
Brown also said the student council is kicking off a food drive today for the Interfaith Food Bank, 1055 Moffat County Road 7.
A collection box will be available at MCHS to accept canned goods and other nonperishable food items.
The drive is part of a school-wide contest, Brown said.
Donations begin today and will be accepted through Dec. 8.
The student council will deliver the donations to the Food Bank on Dec. 9.