Shaving cream, socks and toilet paper are not the traditional items that pop to mind when hearing the term "Christmas present". But those are exactly the kinds of items that are being collected for the Marine Corps Family Foundation Care Package Drive. Brookfield-based CULTEC Incorporated is collecting travel sized toiletries and other items through Saturday.
The holidays can be a difficult time for deployed troops--many young men and women away from home on Christmas for the first time. Others have spent multiple holidays away from home.
CFO Chris DiTullio says 923 care packages were sent last year. DiTullio says more than 14,000 pounds of snacks and personal care items made their way to soldiers serving overseas last year. Each care package is distributed among 40 troops.
Each care package costs $14.85 to ship and monetary donations are being collected as well to help offset that cost.
The Marine Corps Family Foundation is headquartered in New Britain and that location is collecting items through December 23rd. CULTEC has supported the Foundation for the past four years. They are located at 878 Federal Road.
Other items being collected include:
Rice Krispie Treats, Playing Cards, Body Powder, Snack mixes, Poker Chips, Sunflower Seeds, Razors, Chewing Gum, Dice, Foot Powder, Instant Coffee, Crossword puzzles, White Cup o’ Soup, Paperback Books, Cereal Bars, Magazines, Vitamins, Pringles Chips, Puzzle Books, Baby Wipes, Cookies, Tissue, Chapstick, Granola Bars, Sun Screen, Nuts, Hand Warmers