I normally shy away from the malls, avoid the chain stores, drive past the shopping centers. I do hit wally world about every week or two, but that is for dog food & treats and a few odds & ends. And Home Depot doesn't count. I will definitely try to avoid the stores if I am not in the right frame of mind (like never go grocery shopping when you are hungry). I was out making a few runs Saturday & Sunday. I decided to hit wally world, Target, Home Depot for some items and, while I was out, I was going to pick up a few items off of the list for our unit we are sponsoring in Afghanistan. The list is nothing fancy, just some plain simple ordinary every day things that you would never think about until you were lacking. I got this list from the mother of one of the soldiers who is currently stationed somewhere out in the hills of Afghanistan. It is off of a running list sent back to the families from the unit.
Below you will see a few things that was sent to me this morning.
- Other items that are always good to send:
- Beef jerky, slim jims, protein bars, sunflower seeds and small pkg of mixed nuts
- Gum and candy
- Q-tips, baby wipes, toothbrush/paste, deodorant, **I am looking for some waterless shampoo...but have not had luck....let me know if you find this!!
- Coffee filters
- campfire cooking utensils
- mouse traps
- little toys
- beach balls
- canned veggies/fruit
- Warm socks (its starting to get cold there)
- *Basically simple ingredients to make meals*
- Also, they killed a turkey..and they are so excited, because that's what they're going to have for Thanksgiving.
As I said, I should never go shopping if I am not sober or in a sane frame of mind. I kinda went overboard. I have a soft spot when it comes to the military. To some extent, I've been there. I've served in the field on holidays, had duty over Thanksgiving, missed Christmas while on maneuvers. I sorta know how it sucks to be away from home & family and I am glad for the blessings we have. That's one of the reasons I volunteered to help out this effort at the company. It is not much, but I hope that what we send will give them some cheer. I added a few things "off list" on the hopes it will make it there on time (small Xmas tree, Santa Hats, candy canes). Mail service is slow, so we have to get everything out by tomorrow in order for it to be there by Christmas.