Event to raise funds for care packages

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Caring For Our Troops will hold a benefit at Big Mike's in Cassville on Saturday, Nov. 19. Big Mike's is partnering with the military mailing group by providing a venue and live musical entertainment for the fundraising event.

Families are invited to visit the business, which is located on Highway 112 in Cassville, from 2 to 6 p.m. During this time, the event will offer music, food, a silent auction, drawings, children's entertainment and other activities.

The benefit event will continue throughout the evening with live musical entertainment offered from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Donations will be accepted throughout the night. Funds collected during the event will be used to send thank you cards and care packages to local soldiers who are serving overseas.

Community members can also drop off care package items at Big Mike's throughout the week.

The following items are needed for this year's shipment:

* Food: beef jerky, snack crackers, chips, Twizzlers, hard candies, popcorn, peanuts, trail mix, individual powdered drink mixes, cookie packages, Velveeta and baked goods.

* Entertainment: books, magazines, puzzle books, tapes, CDs, DVDs, travel size board games, checkers, chess, playing cards, hand-held electronic games and newspapers.

Hygiene items: baby wipes, waterless hand sanitizers, nose spray, eye drops, dry shampoo, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, foot powder, hairbrushes, combs, hand lotion, nail clippers, shampoo, Q-Tips, disposable razors, sunscreen, individual tissues, body wash and Tylenol.

* Miscellaneous items: plastic silverware, sandwich bags, batteries, duct tape, fly strips, pre-paid phone cards, socks, shoe insole cushions, disposable cameras, notebooks, pens, blank cards, letters and note cards of appreciation.

For more information, call Michele Gaither at 417-737-1981.

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