“Support Our Troops” Collection Continues Through November 30 at Shared Nybo-Breen Office in Lombard

There’s still time to make the holidays brighter for U.S. military serving overseas by donating items to a “Support Our Troops” collection being sponsored by State Senator Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) and State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard).

The lawmakers are partnering with the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the local Lilac Post 5815 for their third annual “Support Our Troops” collection drive. Items collected through November 30 will be delivered to military personnel serving overseas near or before Christmas.

“We have had good participation so far, but I’m hopeful we will be passing along many more boxes of gifts and supplies when the collection drive is completed at the end of the month,” said Breen. “Our troops overseas are very deserving of care packages that let them know that folks back home are thinking of them and appreciate their service and sacrifice.”

People from the 24th Senate District or the 48th House district may drop off their donations at the Nybo/Breen shared legislative office at 929 S. Main Street, Suite 105A in Lombard. Donations will be accepted through November 30 during normal business hours of 9:00 AM until 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

As they have done in the past, Nybo and Breen would also like to send care packages specifically to local soldiers from the 24th Senate District or 48th House District. 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 names and addresses.

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, call Sen. Nybo’s office at (630) 969-0990 or Rep. Breen’s office at (630) 403-8135.

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