Items being collected for soldiers overseas


The Parkview Assisted Living Community of Pleasanton is collecting items to send monthly "care packages" to our soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The soldiers in these forward operating bases have no access to local base exchanges for even the most menial personal things, such as hygiene items and over-the-counter medications.

With each package, The Parkview staff also sends a personalized notecard to the soldiers.

Some of the most requested or most urgent items are: baby wipes; foot powder, Chapstick, deodorant, deodorant bar soap; hand lotion; hand sanitizer; disposable razors; sunscreen; toothpaste; hand warmers; beef jerky; hard candy; snack chips; cereal bars; nuts; and trail mix.

To drop off items or for information, call 461-3042. The Parkview is located at 100 Valley Ave., Pleasanton.

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Posted by MainStreetDiva
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 23, 2009 at 6:25 pm

MainStreetDiva is a registered user.

I'll drop off a bag of items tomorrow. Thank you for letting us know how to help!

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Posted by Thanks
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Appreciate the heads up. Finally something of value on this forum. I will be bringing a collection of items in deep appreciation for wht our military does.

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Posted by Jon
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jul 23, 2009 at 10:52 pm

I drop off a bag of candy and teddy bears for the Iraqi children who as lost, alone and afraid. Who have not home, no mother and no father because we mad a mistake and their parents ended up as "casualties"
so that we can be FREE here in Pleasanon!

Hows that for free speach and constitutional rights?

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Posted by Dave Johnson
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 24, 2009 at 8:20 am

Apparently Jon did not take advantage of the educational opportunties that came with his free "speach"

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Posted by Jon
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jul 24, 2009 at 8:48 am

Apparently Dave Johnson does not realize that Jon has a B.A. as well as J.D.!

Look Dave, just because I don't agree with the War what so ever and I believe we have committed war crimes, does NOT make me uneducated!

Do you assume that there is no Government corruption, local or National?

I know, it's odd for someone to have concern and passion for children of war, in Countries we invade. 85% of Iraqi children had moderate to severe clinical depression and or anxiety and receive ZERO treatment, because of our desire to chase down non existent weapons of mass destruction and or our desire to police the world and "liberate" with bullets and bombs!

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Posted by Jon
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jul 24, 2009 at 8:53 am

AND the FACT is that in too many cases, young 18-21 year old soldiers have murdered innocent woman and children in cold blood!
These kids grew up in a gang banger hip hop generation, where violent video games and acting like gangsters is the hottest thin since Ice cream.

"unfortunate collateral damage" give me a break,and most conservatives are so worried about an unborn fetus because they hold "life" so dear! Life in America that is!

I know these kids and have heard the stories many times.

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 24, 2009 at 9:19 am

Jon, Thanks for the un-invited fictional history lesson. For one that professes to have a JD, I sincerely hope that your not a practicing lawyer. My reference to taking advantage of educational opportunties only referred to your feeble attempts to spell.
However I must respond to your asinine statement regarding "FACT" I would love to see your facts that support an argument "that in too many cases, young solders have murdered........".
I have a son that served in the Marines and a son-in-law that served twenty years in the Marines and I would tend to put much more stock in what they had to say than from you. By the way, have you ever served this country in any capacity that involves putting your life on the line so that others can be free to make such outlandish remarks as I find yours?

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Parkside
on Jul 24, 2009 at 9:30 am

Thank you residents and owners of Parkview!

To get this thread back on track (hopefully...'he said with crossed fingers') -

This is a wonderful opportunity to make it easy for every Pleasanton resident to help and to let those serving this country know that we love them - and appreciate their service.

Parkview has some wonderful residents, and I for one, applaud them all.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 24, 2009 at 10:23 am

Dear Jon and Diva...please allow me to mediate your cute stand off. When I say, ding ding girls come out scratching!

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Posted by sharon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2009 at 11:08 am

Jon, as for soldiers being "from a gang banger, hip hop generation"
--have you looked at all the yellow ribbons hanging from the light poles downtown? What do you think they represent? Our local men and women, serving our country and and doing the best they can to help the countries where they are. They are all from our lovely town of Pleasanton. So love us or leave us!!! Now stop talking so negative and respect what the Seniors are doing!! It isnt about you!!

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Posted by Proud Marine Mom
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Thank you to the seniors and the owners of Parkview! Your support of our troops defending the freedoms of America and other countries is greatly appreciated and is applauded by those of us who have served or have family members serving in the Armed Forces. Conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan right now are difficult to say the least. Any support these guys and gals receive from home will have a positive impact and a big boost to their morale.

The cards and letters will mean the most to our troops.

Thank You, Thank You!!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm

You're welcome!

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Jul 28, 2009 at 1:53 am

As Proud Marine Mom said, send those cards and letters. Let your loved one/friend know you are thinking of them. "Mail call" is one of the most important parts of military life when you are far from home...

Even if it's only a few lines, let them know everyone is well back home and share current family events/photos. It only takes a few minutes of your time...

It's sad seeing a fellow comrade walk away from "mail call" empty handed time and again...

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 28, 2009 at 9:03 pm

I had no idea you that you are even remotely interested in anybody but yourself. surprise!

sad...very sad...

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Posted by Reader
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 30, 2009 at 8:55 am

Back to the Support Our Troops supplies request...

I was at Parkview yesterday to visit a family member and saw the very few (3) bags of items in the collection box. Fellow PW readers, please do what you can to support this project. As stated in the article, MOST wanted/needed items are:

-Baby wipes/wet wipes
-Foot Powder
-Deodorant bar soap
-Hand lotion
-Hand sanitizer
-Disposable razors
-Hand warmers
-Beef jerkey/Slim Jims
-Hard candy
-Chex mix
-Chips/Doritos, etc.
-Granola/Cereal bars
-Trail mix

Other items needed are:

-Body wash
-Body powder
-Cotton balls/Q-Tips
-Hair bands/clips
-Insect repellant
-Laundry soap
-Nail clippers
-Shampoo and conditioner
-Gel insoles
-Socks (thick beige or white)
-Foot warmers
-Cough medicine
-Cold medicine
-Eye drops
-Nasal spray
-Breath mints
-Instant coffee
-Chicken packs (foil or canned)
-Tuna packs (foil or canned)
-Canned or dried fruit
-Snack cakes
-Summer sausage
-Sunflowers seeds

Please print out this list and go through your kitchen and bathroom cupboards for what you can spare, or take this with you while shopping. Small, travel sizes would work well for most items. You need not spend much to help support our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. PLEASE HELP!

Thanks to all who respond with donations!

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