Blue Star Mothers is collecting items for the next shipment of care packages to troops serving overseas.

Boxes are sent directly to local service members twice a year through Project Support Our Soldiers. More than 80 packages were shipped last spring.

“I know there’s young men and women from the area that are serving and I’d love to be able to get those addresses,” said Gayle Sosbe, president of Indiana Blue Star Mothers Chapter No. 3.

Families can send addresses for soldiers to Sosbe by calling 765-362-5713. The information is not shared beyond the organization.

Packages typically include individually-packaged food and hard candies, powdered drink mixes, toiletries and personal care items and travel-sized games.

Community members are also encouraged to donate all-occasion cards for soldiers to send home.

Donations for this shipment are due Oct. 16 and can be sent to Sosbe at 204 Jones Ave., Crawfordsville. Volunteers will pack the boxes at Crawfordsville American Legion Byron Cox Post 72.

The shipments have helped various military units set up base stores. “Our boxes were set on these shelves where the guys could come and get what they needed out of them,” Sosbe said.

The group’s annual bean dinner fundraiser is set for Nov. 14 at the Legion. Noodle sales also continue for $5 per bag and can be purchased by calling Sosbe.

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