NEW BRUNSWICK—New Brunswick Elks Lodge No. 324 is collecting a variety of personal items, including phone cards, periodicals, toiletries and stationery, for shipment to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The “Army of Hope,” which consists of Elks members who are coordinating collections efforts around the state, has set up donation boxes and asks people to contribute any personal items that might make troops more comfortable during their tours of duty.
The New Brunswick Elks has a collection box at the entrance to Alfredo’s, the restaurant located at New Brunswick Elks Lodge No. 324 at 40 Livingston Ave. in New Brunswick.
Donations such as shampoo, soap, tooth bushes, adhesive bandages, notepads, pens, compact discs, DVDs, playing cards, coffee, sugar and snacks in single-serving packages are among items that the Elks will ship overseas. No aerosols are allowed.
Checks made out to N.J. State Elks Charities, Inc. with an “Army of Hope” notation are welcomed.
After the items are collected, they will be delivered to the Lacey Elks Lodge at its Fifth Annual Army of Hope Picnic, scheduled for noon on Sept. 20, at 900 Beach Boulevard, Forked River.
Proceeds from the picnic, which is open to the public, will go toward Army of Hope donations. The cost is $25 for adults and $5 per child under the age of 10.
For more information, contact Sandy Ferencz, Army of Hope chairperson, at 1-732-718-9583, or AnneMari Laputka, publicity chairperson, at 1-908-812-0111.
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