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Remember The Troops

Slammers to hold care package drive for soldiers overseas

12/1/2016, 10 a.m.
The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy in conjunction with Operation Care Package will host a holiday care package ...

The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy in conjunction with Operation Care Package will host a holiday care package drive for troops overseas. The care package drive will run through December 16 and will provide soldiers holiday mementos from home and essential items for more than 2,000 soldiers this holiday season.

Operation Care Package is a volunteer 501 (c)(3) public charity dedicated to their mission that no hero serving the nation should be forgotten. Their goal is to support soldiers, marines, sailors, and airmen through care packages and letters of encouragement. Operation Care Package is located at 120 Jessie St. in Manhattan, Illinois.

Items needed include monetary donations for postage to ship packages, protein items such as peanut butter, granola bars, and beef jerky, Christmas wrapping paper and stocking stuffers such as gum, trail mix, fruit snacks, and drink mixes, card games, new books or sports items, toothbrushes and body washes, shampoo, coffee and snack crackers.

Donations can be brought to the Slammers Box Office at 1 Mayor Art Schultz Drive Joliet, IL 60432 during normal business hours Monday – Friday between 8 am and 5 pm or during the Slammers open house this Saturday at the stadium between 8 am and noon. All donations are tax deductible.

Those who donate will receive a 10% off coupon to be used at the Slammers team store. Additionally, all will be entered into a raffle to win a luxury suite for a 2017 Slammers game for 20 guests. The suite night is valid for a Sunday-Thursday regular season game.

Donations are encouraged to be brought in by December 9 to guarantee a Christmas arrival to the troops.