Operation Christmas at Sea

Would you like to be part of making Christmas a little merrier for 1000 USA Sail- ors and Marines aboard the USS Arlington this holiday season. The Arlington was built with repurposed metal from the World Trade Centers demolished on 9 -11-01. Her crew will be deployed this Christmas to an undisclosed location, but it certainly will be miles and miles from home and family. Help make it special by putting together a Christmas Shoe Box filled with practical and fun items that will remind them that those at home think about them and thank them for their service. Final collection of boxes will be Veterans Day, November 11. Cash donations are welcome to help with purchase of supplies and postage. Thank you for helping support our deployed military aboard the USS Arlington this Christmas . A list of suggested items is on the back of this flyer. Include a self-addressed post card so that your box receiver might send you a message back. A personal message from you in the box is welcome!

Bethany Lutheran Church—102 “G” St Best Western Hotel—Pine Lake Ave Civic Auditorium—8-4 pm Mon-Fri Suds on State Laundromat—600 Clay St


SUGGESTED ITEMS FOR OPERATION CHRISTMAS AT SEA – Shoebox gifts for our Sailors and Marines deployed aboard the USS Arlington – packed in a single shoe box or plastic shoe size box

Please Include a self-addressed post-card and a personal note or card to let them know you are thinking about them and And a thank-you for their service to our country.


soap (unscented such as Ivory or Dove)
wash cloth
tooth brush/ tooth paste/ floss (maybe a plastic soap container) comb or brush
sun screen
disposable razors
socks (white tube or thick black)
tissue packets
fun band-aids
individual packets of Tylenol
nail clippers, nail file,

General Items:
Notebook, pens, pencil
comic books, books, magazines
stationary or cards
zip lock baggies
pre-paid phone cards
AA and AAA batteries (small flashlight also) puzzle books, deck of cards

Food/ candy items (no chocolate) small fruit cups (pop top lids) mints, gum, other hard candy cheese/peanut butter crackers tea bags, instant coffee, Ramen Noodles, granola bars, pop tarts, instant oatmeal packets

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Bethany Church in LaPorte, Indiana. BE the church.

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