Oakdale High School’s Interact club will once again put out collection bins and Christmas trees at locations in town where shoppers can drop off bags of necessity items for U.S. soldiers serving overseas.
Interact club president Paul Perrone said they are starting the Trees For Troops project soon. Be on the lookout for bins and trees that will be located in Oakdale’s Save Mart and River Oak Pharmacy.
Each tree contains yellow tags with gender-appropriate lists of needed items for female or male soldiers to help guide shoppers who are interested in providing any of the items. The shopper can remove a tag from the tree, shop for items that many of us regularly stock in our medicine cabinets, such as eye drops, deodorant, hand warmers, soap, shampoo, cotton swabs, dental floss, gum, lip balm, cards, socks, and magazines.
The purchased items may then be placed in a bag with the tag and deposited in the collection barrel near the tree.