The Monroe County Hospital & Clinics and the Monroe County Health Care Foundation are partnering together on their latest community project and is inviting the community to participate as well. They are working together to provide care packages to Monroe County military personnel serving overseas or whom are back from deployment.
During the month of March they will be collecting items for the care packages, which will be mailed the first week of April. Collection boxes will be located in the Hospital cafeteria and the Medical Clinic at MCHC. First Iowa State Bank, Peoples State Bank, and Community 1st Credit Union are helping with this project and will have collections boxes to encourage the community to participate.
Items that are needed include: wet/baby wipes in small packs, Kleenex in small packs, shave cream, foot/baby powder, deodorant, air fresheners, bottles of shower gel, Q-tips, beef jerky, peanut butter, greeting cards for them to send back home, sports magazines, Easy-Mac, Ramen noodles in the styrofoam cups, crackers, sunflower seeds, nuts, cookies, sandwich cookies, candy, licorice, hand & feet warmers, instant coffee or tea, food items that won’t spoil, personal hygiene items, and other items that are easy to divide such as single serving items; anything that would make you feel more comfortable after a day in the heat and sand.
The Foundation will be accepting cash donations to help purchase items and offset the mailing costs to send the care packages. Donations will be tax-deductible and can be mailed or dropped off at the hospital or banks.
If you know Monroe County citizens serving overseas or back from deployment, please forward their names and addresses to Carol Yenger or Dee Dee Chance.
This is the latest community benefit project undertaken by the Monroe County Hospital & Clinics. Previous projects directly benefited groups in Monroe County such as Christmas Families project, Helping Hands, and the Albia Ministerial Society. Carol Yenger, Foundation Manager, shared, “We wanted to extend our support to those that are from Monroe County but have been serving our country. We are good community partners and wanted to open this up so the entire community could participate.”