To support deployed members of the U.S. military, the City of Delray Beach is partnering with two local organizations – You Are Not Alone and One Soldier at a Time – on the 13thannual Project Holiday, which collects and ships much needed items to servicemen and servicewomen who aren’t able to come home for the holidays.
You Are Not Alone provides encouragement and emotional support to family members and friends of soldiers, while One Soldier at a Time sends care packages and words of encouragement to deployed military members.
“The U.S. military has more than 1.3 million men and women on active duty, with 450,000 of them stationed in ‘hot spots’ overseas such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria,” says organizer Delores Rangel. “The care packages that servicemen and servicewomen receive from Project Holiday makes a huge positive difference in both effectiveness and morale.”
Project Holiday is accepting donated items between November 4 and December 7, and will pack and ship the care packages two days later. Packing will take place at the Delray Beach Community Center, 50 NW 1st Avenue.
Items Requested for Donation
(Travel size items preferred)
+ Thermoguard pads (heating pads)
+ Holiday decorations – All Faiths
+ Bags of hard, individually wrapped candy (i.e., Lifesavers, Dollar Store hard candy – please no chocolates except for Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Roll Pops, Charm Pops, etc.)
+ Snacks that can easily be put in pockets while on duty (i.e., fruit cups, peanut butter crackers, etc.), gum, beef jerky, Slim Jim, pepperoni or similar dried meats, boxes of granola bars or similar, individual bags of nuts, dried fruit, trail mix or sunflower seeds
+ Boxed and/or individual drink packets (i.e., Crystal Light, Wal-Mart or Target brand, Kool-Aid, hot chocolate, etc.)
+ Non-perishable food items, foil packed tuna and chicken, crackers
+ Sun block, lip balm, baby wipes (no bigger than 2½” wide packages), Purell hand sanitizer, hand lotion
+ Batteries (AA or AAA)
+ Foot powder, deodorant, toothpaste
+ Socks (white or black knee-hi)
+ Used CDs or DVDs, but no VHS tapes or cassettes
+ Letters, notes, holiday cards, encouragement cards
Where to Drop Off Donated Items
In Delray Beach:
+ Crane’s Beach House Boutique Hotel, 82 Gleason Street
+ Delray Beach City Hall, 100 NW 1st Avenue
+ Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 West Atlantic Avenue
+ Delray Beach Community Center, 50 NW 1st Avenue
+ Delray Beach Municipal Golf Course, 2200 Highland Avenue
+ Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, 64A SE 5th Avenue
+ Delray Beach Public Library, 100 West Atlantic Avenue
In Boca Raton:
Total Car Appearance Center, 4501 Oak Circle
Monetary Donations to Cover Postage Costs
Monetary donations to cover postage costs are much appreciated. Please send a check or money order made payable to: Project Holiday/One Soldier at a Time.
Please mail to: City of Delray Beach, c/o Delores Rangel, 100 NW 1st Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444
Recipients & Volunteers
Residents of Delray Beach or Boca Raton with a family member serving overseas in the military who would like to request a care package be sent, or who would like to volunteer to help pack items to be shipped, please contact Delores Rangel at 561.243.7010 or [email protected].