BY LIZA STROUT - Miranda Boudreau, LTJG, is grateful to her family for the support that they have shown her while she has been deployed. She has also seen the disappointment of her fellow sailors when mail call came and went with nothing from family and friends.View More images >>
So her parents, Jacques and Blanche Boudreau, who own the Loose Caboose, rallied the folks of Gasparilla Island to send care packages to the USS Leyte Gulf. For many of the sailors, these were the only taste of home that they got on a deployment that lasted for months.
Snacks, toiletries and small comfort items are not provided to service members, they must be purchased out of pocket or sent by family.
There are two local campaigns to help provide the little touches of home to our men and women stationed around the world.
The first, being run by the Englewood Rotary and hosted at Englewood Bank and Trust locations throughout the month of June, focuses on nonperishable foods and basic toiletries.
This is a yearly collection campaign, and once again the Loose Caboose has teamed up with the Boca Grande branch of the bank to encourage giving. Blanche has given the ladies at Englewood Bank certificates good for a free single scoop ice cream cone or cup. With each reasonable donation, the donor will receive a certificate.
Some of the items that the bank is collecting include:
• beef jerky• cheese and cracker packs• instant oatmeal• tuna in foil packs• baby wipes• liquid soap• mouth wash
The second campaign is another case of two organizations joining forces, this time on a national level. Soldiers’ Angels is a nonprofit organization that sends care packages. One area where donations usually fall short is skincare products, especially sunscreen. Members of the military can be disciplined for getting sunburned, so this shortfall can have serious consequences.
This summer, Mary Kay has joined forces with Soldiers’ Angels to fill that need.
Local Mary Kay representative Jennifer Markett is part of the effort.
“Soldiers’ Angels decided that they wanted to join with Mary Kay,” explained Markett. “We’ve been doing this for a few months on the local team. So many team members have family members who are serving, so this is personal to them. With my husband having been in the Marines and my father-in-law in the Navy, this really hits home. Whatever we can do to help, we are happy to.”
The unit goal is 1,000 Suncare Packages, and Markett reports that they are already halfway to that goal.
The packages, which each have a Mary Kay Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 50, two Mary Kay Lip Protectors Broad Spectrum SPF 15 and an After-Sun Replenishing Gel. Each package is $40, and will be sent directly to Soldiers’ Angels to be distributed with care packages. The Mary Kay consultant will provide you with a tax receipt.
To contact Jennifer Markett to make a donation, call (813) 477-4105 or email JMMarkett@marykay.com.
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