Senator Nybo and Representative Breen Team up with Local Groups for Drive to Benefit Overseas Troops

State Senator Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) and State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) are partnering with the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the local Lilac Post 5815 for a “Support Our Troops” Collection Drive for Christmas this year.

“The tradition of sending care packages to our service men and women is a simple way that we can express our thanks for their sacrifices on behalf of our country,” said Breen. “Together, in this local effort, we can let them know of our deep appreciation for them and their dedication to protecting our freedoms.”

The Nybo/Breen legislative office at 929 S. Main Street, Suite 105A in Lombard will serve as a drop-off location for items to be donated to U.S. troops serving overseas. Donations will be accepted from October 26 through November 13 during normal business hours of 9:00 AM until 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday. The legislators would also like to send care packages specifically to local soldiers from the area (IL Senate District 24 or IL House District 48). Friends and family with loved ones from the area who are currently serving in the military are encouraged to contact the Nybo/Breen office with their name and address.

"Our nation's greatness comes from the leadership and dedication of our military - both past and present - and the sacrifices they make on our behalf. Rep. Breen and I want these brave young men and women to know how much we all appreciate their service," said Nybo. "Supporting our troops is as easy as buying a few of the suggested items the next time you're in the grocery store, and bringing them to our legislative offices. Your thoughtfulness will mean so much to the men and women who are a long way from home."

Recommended items to be included in the care packages include:
  • Books, magazines, crossword and word search puzzles, coloring books, colored pencils, dominoes, checkers or chess games 
  • iTunes Gift Cards, headphones/ear buds, DVD movies or television shows, small video games, international calling cards 
  • Baby wipes, deodorant, Kleenex, lotion, toothpaste/toothbrush, shampoo, soap, female hygiene items, shaving cream, razors 
  • Beef jerky, powdered drink mix, coffee, granola or protein bars, trail mix, dry snacks, mixed nuts 
  • Laundry detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, air fresheners 
  • Footballs, basketballs, soccer balls and frisbees 
Because the items will be mailed, aerosol cans/containers, food items that could melt or spoil and fragile items cannot be accepted.

For more information about the collection drive, or to leave contact information for a specific member of the service, please call Senator Nybo’s office at (630) 969-0990 or Representative Breen’s office at (630) 403-8135.