Operation Service - Help RSVP support our Troops
Posted by City Grant Administrator (+76) 13 years ago
The Miles City Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will join other Senior Corps Programs for National & Community Service projects to help the Montana Supporting Soldiers organization gather much needed supplies for our military troops overseas. The two-week effort, which begins May 1st and runs through May 15th, will focus on collecting items needed to make life bearable in the extreme heat if Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan where temperatures reach 120 to 150 degrees throughout the summer.

Miles City RSVP's participation is also part of the "Operation Service" campaign, a celebration of the 45th Anniversary of VISTA, the 45th Anniversary of the Foster Grandparent Program, and AmeriCorps Week May 9-15 - a time to recognize all National Service programs and participants, past and present, in our communities and expand the opportunity for others to serve.

Everyone can join in this call to service by donating items needed, signing a banner, or writing a personal note or card to a soldier. A complete list of items and a collection box will be located at the Miles City RSVP Office at the corner of Garryowen Road and Hwy. 10 West, or at Holy Rosary Healthcare on 2600 Wilson Street between May 1st and May 15th. Persons interested in helping to defray shipping costs may send a cash donation to Montana Supporting Soldiers is PO Box 4964, Helena MT 59604.

On May 11th the community is invited to sign a banner for the troops. The banner will be on a bus parked at RSVP from 9am-10am and then at HRH from 10am - 11am. Donated items for the troops can be brought to the banner signing.

In conjunction with Operation Service, the upcoming Montana Governor's Conference on Aging will provide attendees with another the opportunity to sign banners, write cards, and contribute supply items for the troops. The Conference on Aging will take place on May 12-13 at the MCC Centra.

Operation Service will wrap up with a parade at the State Capitol in Helena on Saturday, May 15th in honor of Military Appreciation Day. National Service participants have been invited to be in the parade.

For more information on any Operation Service event, contact the RSVP Office at 234-0505 or Kristi Randall, Holy Rosary Healthcare at 233-2604.

Donations to help pay postage are also greatly appreciated.
Persons interested in helping to defray shipping costs may send a cash donation to:
Montana Supporting Soldiers
PO Box 4964
Helena MT 59604-4964

Here's a list of what is needed:



Remember: Items must be able to survive tempuratures of 120°+

Cards and letters of support and encouragement
**Powdered drink mix in single servings
Thick black or white boot socks - men's & women's various sizes
Flip flops for shower shoes - men's & women's various sizes
White ankle socks- men's & women's various sizes
Men's boxer briefs - Med. & Large
Chap stick - solid stick, not liquid tube
T-shirts - white or tan, Med. & Large
Travel size - lotion, shampoo, sunscreen, liquid soap
Cool ties neck wraps in tan or gray material
Non-aerosol stick deodorant, men's & women's
Playing cards
Squirt guns
Dartboards, extra darts and tips
Splash balls
CDs - rock and country
Nasal spray
DVDs - recent movies: action, comedy
Eye drops
Plastic baskets with handles for transporting
Small fans shampoo, soap, etc. to shower area
Flashlights Battery operated small reading light
Stationery, envelopes and pens
Bags of individually wrapped hard candy
Sunflower seeds and mixed nuts
Dried fruit
Granola and protein bars
Beef jerky (especially Hi-Country Beef Jerky)
Tuna in the pouch, and tuna lunch kits
Puzzle / word search books
Current hunting, fishing, sports, health magazines
AA and AAA batteries

Want more info? Contact:
Montana Supporting Soldiers
PO Box 4964
Helena MT 59604
[email protected]
Liann Meyer
(406) 227-8824
Carrie R. Gilman
[email protected]

Montana Supporting Soldiers is a non-profit corporation with 501(c) 3 status.

The Corporation for National and Community Service improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. Each year the Corporation engages more than four million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet local needs through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs. For more information on these programs, visit http://www.NationalService.gov.

[This message has been edited by City Grant Administrator (4/30/2010)]
Posted by Steve Craddock (+2741) 13 years ago
bump -- 'cuz it's a good cause!