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Operation SOS Sends Packages to Local Soldiers

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SILO, OK -- A group of students in Silo have organized a project to put together care packages for our local soldiers overseas.

"Operation SOS" which stands for "Serving our Servers" was named and created by 17-year-old Brittainy Rogers. Rogers says she came up with the idea of sending letters and care packages while she was in her economics class because she wanted to do something for our local soldiers during the holidays.

Rogers says she has personally written 90 letters to our men and women who won't be home this Christmas and her classmates are also getting involved. "It was really emotional actually, knowing that they're there and not here with their families." "It just shows that we are actually trying to help others who have helped us."

This past Saturday Rogers along with some of her classmates set up a booth outside the Walmart in Durant to collect items for the care packages and raised about four-hundred dollars in donations.

Operation SOS is being supported by Silo Schools and the Choctaw Nation. The Choctaw Nation will pay the shipping on all the packages sent so that all of the donations will benefit the contents of the care packages.

If you are interested in helping Operation SOS, you can mail non-perishable food items, entertainment items, toiletries, linens and letters to:

Silo Public Schools

122 W. Bourne

Durant, OK 74701

You can also drop off donations at Electric Supertan, Landmark Bank, Deborah's Florist, First Texoma National Bank, Sign Depot and Shamrock Bank in Durant.

Make checks payable to Junior Achievement/Silo Schools.

Accepted food items include: beef jerky, coffee, powder drink mix, sunflower seeds, nuts, tuna in foil pouches, gum, candy, dry soup, etc.

Accepted Toiletries include: baby wipes, hand sanitizer, shampoo, body wash, hair gel, disposable razors, deodorant, shaving cream in tubes, sunblock, mouthwash travel size, nail files, loufa sponges, shoe insole cushions, over-the-counter pain relievers, eye drops, etc.

Accepted entertainment and sports include: batteries, DVDs, Video games, disposable cameras, computer flash drives/thumb drives, pens, notepads, board games, dart boards, nerf footballs, frisbees, music, magazines and books.

Prohibited items include: Home-baked food, glass bottles, glass jars, aerosol cans/sprays, expired food, canned food, lighters/matches/lighter fluid, hotel samples and contraband.

They are collecting donations until December 14th.

The packages will be shipped December 17th.

Deeda Payton, KTEN News.

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