Mother of fallen soldier collects holiday care packages for deployed U.S. troops
November 6, 2009
South Lake Tahoe resident Patty Smith lost her son, Army Sgt. Timothy Smith, in 2008 when he was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq. Now, Smith and other military moms are reaching out to other deployed soldiers by collecting items from the community to create holiday gift packages to send overseas.
Smith is collecting items with the local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America, an organization for mothers who have children serving or who have served in the military. There will be a drop-off box at the Tahoe Daily Tribune and at the Carson Valley Medical Center in Gardnerville. The group is also collecting donations to offset the cost of shipping.
“I am asking people in our community to just help out in a small way,” Smith said, “which will make a huge difference for all of our troops at Christmas.”
Smith said the soldiers appreciate canned items (tuna, fruit, pudding), snack food, microwaveable food, powdered drinks like Gatorade and Crystal Lite, DVDs, compact discs, Beanie Babies to pass out to children, batteries, games, toiletries, disposable cameras, balls, T-shirts (black, gray, brown or green), hats, bandanas and socks.
“God bless all of our fallen heroes who gave the ultimate, their lives,” Smith said.
Smith can be reached at (530) 416-9100, firstname.lastname@example.org, or at P.O. Box 13958, South Lake Tahoe, CA.