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Sunnybrook collecting 'Treats for Troops'

Members of the Iowa Army National Guard's Detachment 1, Company C, Medical Evacuation 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion salute during the national anthem during a community send off ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility #2 in Waterloo on Thursday, July 19, 2012. Approximately 50 soldiers with the unit will be deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit operates UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters for medical evacuations to combat support hospitals. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)
Members of the Iowa Army National Guard's Detachment 1, Company C, Medical Evacuation 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion salute during the national anthem during a community send off ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility #2 in Waterloo on Thursday, July 19, 2012. Approximately 50 soldiers with the unit will be deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit operates UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters for medical evacuations to combat support hospitals. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)

MT. PLEASANT — Employees at a local senior living facility are asking for the communities help in putting together care packages for troops headed oversees.

Cody Flietner, Marketing Director at Sunnybrook Assisted Living and Memory Care in Mt. Pleasant, said this is the first time the facility has put on the Soldiers’ Angels Treats for Troops Supply Drive. Emily Jones, assistant marketing director, said the idea stemmed from her own personal experiences.

Having family in the military, she knows first hand how important and appreciated small gifts like these can be. After she approached Flietner to get his opinion on the idea and the green light was given, the pair contacted the local National Guard base and got the donations coordinated.

Flietner said a large cardboard box has been set up inside the center where donations will be collected. Non-perishable items ranging from food products such as granola bars or gum, toiletries like shampoo and eye drops and entertainment or letter writing supplies such as journals and board games will all be accepted. A complete list of all items requested can be found on the Sunnybrook Facebook page.

The items will be collected from Jan. 13-31 during normal business hours, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Flietner said the goal is to collect as many items as possible for the program’s first year. If it goes well, the drive will continue in the future.

“We’re doing a trial run this year,” Flietner said. “Hopefully it’s going to be really successful,”

Although many organizations are collecting items this time of year, Flietner said giving to the troops is especially important because they are giving up a lot more.

“It’s important that we take care of our troops because they’re taking care of our freedom,” he said.

Jones said service members have given up so much and by providing a few care items, it’s a way to send an “overseas hug.”

“We want them to know that people appreciate what they do,” she said.