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Michigan Military Moms collect items for troops

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published September 9, 2015


In an effort to aid U.S. troops — both stateside and overseas — the Michigan Military Moms group is collecting items for care packages to ship to soldiers from Michigan.

Merrill Griffin, president of Michigan Military Moms, said the group plans to send more than 100 care packages.

The care package drive will be held at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery through Sept. 18.

Some of the items requested include the following snack foods in individual-sized packages:

• Beef jerky
• Drink boxes, including hot cocoa
• Granola bars and PowerBars
• Nuts and candy, but no chocolate

Personal health items requested include:

• Baby wipes
• Cotton swabs
• Foot/body warmers
• Sun block, SPF 45
• Hand sanitizer
• Foot/body powder
• Toothpaste and toothbrushes

Miscellaneous items requested include AA and AAA batteries, and white athletic socks.

Griffin said that donations of anything off the list are welcome.

“If you can’t shop, mail us a check to help with donation items,” she said, adding that receipts are available from Michigan Military Moms, a nonprofit organization, upon request. People can mail checks to Michigan Military Moms, 3001 S. Telegraph Road, Dearborn, MI 48124.

She noted that packages are also sent to soldiers on their list who live out of state and “have no one.”

“We send packages to soldiers out of the country and in the country,” she said.

She noted that Michigan Military Moms welcomes “all female caregivers of soldiers deployed, stateside, overseas and those with delayed enlistment” to join the organization.

“You don’t have to be related to the soldier. Anyone who is a female caregiver of a soldier is welcome,” Griffin said.

She said the group will send Christmas tree-shaped ribbons to the troops for the holidays.

“White Chapel has been wonderful,” Griffin said.

David R. Krall, vice president of White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery, said the cemetery receives queries from members of the community as to when the annual collection for the troops will be.

“It’s a great annual event,” Krall said. “People look forward to it.”

Krall said they wanted to find the best way to do something during the week of 9/11.

“What better way to give back to the troops,” he said. “We can bring a little of home to them. It is our pleasure to do so. We collect thousands of items every year. It’s a wonderful feeling, seeing all the items there.”

Krall said they’ve also received notes back from troops and parents of soldiers thanking them for their part in the collection.

“We’ve known we’ve lifted spirits,” Krall said.

White Chapel also donates the costs to ship the items and transports them to Dearborn so Michigan Military Moms can assemble them into packages.

The care package drive will be held 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays through Sept. 18 in the Temple of Memories at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery, 621 W. Long Lake Road. For a complete list of requested items, visit

For information on Michigan Military Moms, visit www.michigan or call (313) 671-5074.