ASHLAND One local woman is dedicating another year to creating hundreds of care packages to deployed soldiers, and is asking the community for their assistance.
Liza Dixon, of Ashland, organized a care package drive last year that resulted in 200 small USPS packaged boxes and 18 large boxes being sent to overseas troops.
“Last year the donations went to over 13 countries overseas,” Dixon said. “This year I have received requests from several different groups requesting care packages so I hope to sent them to several countries again.”
Dixon is asking for the community’s assistance in the second year of the project, with the goal of beating last year’s total packages sent.
Dixon developed the idea of sending care packages to troops after her birthday last year.
“I wanted to do a birthday fundraiser, but I wanted to try and do something different than the normal charities I had seen people doing,” Dixon said. “After talking to one of my husband’s family members about his time in the military, he talked about how the care packages meant a lot to service men and women when they are received.”
Dixon said one of her largest obstacles last year was funding for shipping costs, and she is expecting an increase in that cost for this year’s packages.
“Last year shipping was about $3,500,” Dixon said. “Last year we used the small USPS flat-rate box. This year we are planning to use the large-size box so the shipping price will increase from $12.85 a box to $17.85 a box.”
Dixon has created a flyer that the community can refer to with a list of highly requested items and drop-off locations.
“The two main drop-off locations are Boyd County PVA and Carter County PVA,” Dixon said. “The most needed items are hygiene products and food items.”
Dixon said last year she received several responses from deployed soldiers via email, and one written letter.
The project offers an opportunity for the community to get involved, as well as a special role for children.
“I also want to ask that if anyone has a child who would like to write a letter or draw a picture to be included in the boxes, please do,” Dixon said. “They were a huge hit last year and I’d like to be able to include them in this year’s collection boxes as well.”
Dixon has also requested church participation and requested that those churches interested in joining the project to contact her at email@example.com.
More information on the care packages can be found on Facebook at CarePackagesForSoldiersKY or by contacting Liza Dixon at (606) 694-6486.
Shipping donations may be sent to paypal.me/carepackagessoldiers.
The care package drive will go on through April 21.
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