Collection runs November 4 – December 20
For our next exhibit, Call of Duty: Kansans In World War II, we decided to partner with the American Red Cross in Topeka. We’re participating in their national letter-writing effort called Holiday Mail for Heroes, where visitors can design a postcard in the Sabatini Gallery and mail it out to a service member overseas—our version of V-Mail sent to troops during the second world war.
During our discussion, JoAnn Long, Director of Development at Topeka’s Red Cross, mentioned that they’ve decided to increase focus on local veterans and their families, explaining that many of them struggle to get some of life’s basic necessities. I was stunned. I had no idea.
She explained that through Winter VA Hospital here in town, the Red Cross gets a wish list every year from the patients themselves, which they collect and distribute year-round. Some have no family, are seriously ill or injured, and just getting some of these basic supplies means the world to them.
The collection box is located to the left of the Circulation security gates in the Library Rotunda. On each side is a list of items some of our local veterans have personally requested. If you have any questions, feel free to call (580-4515) or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Here’s a list of stuff we’re trying to collect:
Decaf Coffee (3 lb can)
Deodorant (spray or stick)
Oral Hygiene (toothpaste, toothbrush, denture brush)
Denture Adhesive & Cleanser
Hand and Body Lotion
Shampoo & Cream Rinse
Sugar Free Treats
Soda (cans in diet/regular
Healthy Snacks (single packs)
Underwear, Diabetic & Regular Socks, T-Shirts
Pocket size notebooks (no spiral)
Coats / Lightweight jackets
Gloves, Scarves, Hats
*Containers should be plastic and contents will need to be alcohol–free
GENTLY USED or NEW ITEMS:
Paperback books (no fantasy, science fiction, romance)
Clothing (men & women)
Pocket-sized Notepads (no spiral)
Individually Packaged Snack Items
Travel Insulated Coffee Mugs (plastic)
Word Search Books
Suduko Puzzle Books