XI-CHI #5456 - ILLINOIS CHAPTER OF ESA
HOPE FOR HEROES
CONTACT:
618-567-5315
Chip Shaffer, Hope for Heroes, Reg Dir
  

BACKPACKS FOR HEROES

 

  
    Wounded Warrior’s from all branches of the Military Service are returned to the United States for medical treatment with only a
 plastic trash bag to carry their personal effects during lengthy flights and layovers that can easily stretch into four days of exhausting
travel.  Our (all volunteer) non-profit Organization collects items and assembles backpacks with personal health and comfort items
for these wounded heroes and their escorts to use during those trips.  We also furnish many of the same items to deployed troops. 

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations: 
Roxana Community Center, Roxana, IL, sponsored by the Home Extension ASSN; SuprTEK 620 Pierce Blvd, O'Fallon, IL;  
Crossroad Motors 7905 N Illinois Caseyville, IL; Top Shop Auctions, Inc, Germantown, IL; BC Signs, 620 W Us Highway 50, O'Fallon, IL;
Advantage Family Chiropractic,  Belleville, IL; Public Library Fairview Heights, IL; Progressive Property Network Inc, O'Fallon, IL;
Gifts for Individuals, O'Fallon, IL; Frieze Harley-Davidson, O'Fallon, IL; or City of O'Fallon, IL, City Hall.

Backpacks cannot have any liquor advertising or religious logos on the outside. 
We regret that religious items will not be included in the backpacks per DOD Regulations.
Phone cards received from Cell Phones for Soldiers will be added to the backpacks when you donate your
old cell phones for recycling.  Phones may also be left at the drop off locations.

What goes into these backpacks and how can you help ? 
 

  
 Miscellaneous

  • Backpacks in Good Condition

  • Gallon & Quart Size
       Sealable Plastic Bags

  • Reusable Water bottles

  • Insulated Drink Holders

  • Small Bottles BBQ/Hot Sauce

  • Mrs. Dash Spice


Snack Foods

  • Powdered Drink Mix Singles

  • Beef Jerky

  • Beef Sticks

  • Summer Sausage

  • Chex Mix

  • Trail Mix

  • Chips

  • Cookies

  • Snack Crackers

  • Dried Fruit

  • Energy Bars

  • Cereal Bars

  • High Protein Bars

  • Granola Bars

  • Gum

  • Candy

  • Hard Candy (wrapped)

  • Nuts (all kinds)


Toiletries (travel size)

  • Baby Oil, Baby Powder

  • Body Lotion

  • Baby Wipes

  • Body Wash, Soap
     (be sure to pack in plastic bags)

  • Chap Stick

  • Contact Lens Cleaner

  • Cotton Balls

  • Q-Tips

  • Dental Floss

  • Deodorant

  • Eye Drops

  • Hand & Body Lotion

  • Mouthwash (non-alcohol)

  • Shampoo (small travel size)

  • Toenail/Fingernail Clippers

  • Nail Files

  • Tooth Paste & Tooth Brush

  •        Men's Items

  • Razors

  • Shaving Cream
      (in a tube or small container)
     

  •        Women's Items

  • Panty Liners

  • Feminine Hygiene Products

  • Hair Conditioner

  • Hair Brush/Comb


Suggested Fun/Down Time Items:  

  • DVD’s to watch prior to departure from
       Evacuation Hospital

  • Ball gloves/bats/softballs or baseballs

  • Soccer balls

  • Kites

Items for use on Flight:

  • Playing Cards

  • CD Player with CDs (Include Batteries)

  • Electronic Battery Hand Held Games
        (Include Batteries)

  • Notepads

  • Pens with Stationary

  • Mailing Envelopes with Stamps

  • Paperback Books

  • Puzzle Books

  • Word Find Books

EVAC Hospital (on going needs)

  • Bath Towels

  • Shower Curtains

  • Shower Shoes

  • Lap Blankets


ANY AND ALL ITEMS THAT WOULD
BE SUITABLE FOR TRAVEL.
 THERE IS NO LIMIT !!!

MONETARY DONATIONS MAY BE
GIVEN TO ASSIST WITH
PURCHASING THESE ITEMS.