Members of First Christian Church in Ennis will begin sorting and packing for the Easter shipment to U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Sunday, March 18 at First Christian Church, 805 W. Baldridge (near Clay Street) in Ennis.

Items can be dropped off at the office in the rear of the church on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  

Other drop off donation boxes are located at Ennis State Bank, Lone Star Fitness, Ennis Regional Hospital’s lobby by the gift shop, Ennis Doctors Center at 802 West Lampasas, Harriett Adams Interior Design at 500 W. Ennis Avenue, The Firehouse Grill and the Waxahachie Daily Light in Waxahachie.

Treats for Troops organizers also are looking for monetary donations to underwrite the shipping costs.

Each Care Package cost $12.95 to ship. If anyone wants to sponsor the cost of one box, please make a $12.95 check payable to “Treat for Troops”  and mail to First Christian Church, P.O. Box 363, Ennis, TX 75120. The church phone is 972-875-8361.

All donated items should be small, light weight necessities for soldiers’ backpacks.

These are items they request when they are away from base on maneuvers for many days. Most requested items at this time  are lip salve, eye drops, sun screen, travel size packages of baby wipes, white cotton socks, beef jerky, small sweets that do not melt, wrapped cookies and edibles that ship well, water enhancers (like Propel, etc.),  Zip Lock bags in quart and gallon sizes, Sudoku puzzles and small daily devotionals such as “Guideposts” and “Our Daily Bread.”

“We try to make each shipment meaningful by telling  church volunteers to pack all boxes as if they were being sent to their own sons, daughters or spouses,” said Harriett Adams, organizer.

“We always enclose handwritten notes of encouragement and cards school children have made for each particular holiday,” she added. “This time the third graders at Austin Elementary School in Ennis made wonderful Easter cards for each box. We thank their thoughtful teachers for giving them this assignment to help Treat for Troops.”

Treat for Troops ships boxes four times a year: Christmas, Valentines, Easter and July 4th. A list of requested items and a blank form for adding a soldier to their list is attached to each of the donation boxes at locations mentioned above.