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Volunteers filling a semi in La Salle to send to service members

Local business owner and reservist Chad Gilbreth, Edward Jones Financial Advisor and Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development have partnered with Hero Box to collect everyday items for deployed soldiers.

Hero Box is a non-profit organization that supports deployed, injured, aging and homeless veterans. Their mission is to ensure service members receive the physical and moral support they deserve.

The organization was launched 2008, and now has volunteers in all 50 states who help support tens of thousands of deployed service members each year. In 2013, Hero Box expanded its programs to include injured, aging and homeless veterans.

Gilbreth has served with men and women who have been deployed, and knows it can be a rough and challenging environment to be exposed to for long periods of time.

A semi trailer will be parked from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 425 First St., La Salle, Friday, May 25, in an effort to collect items soldiers often go without while deployed, such as hand sanitizer and lip balm. The goal for the day is to fill an entire semi-trailer.

Commonly requested items are: beef jerky, DVD/CDs, books, puzzle books, baby wipes, powder drink mix, pens, pencils, postcards, hand sanitizer, dried fruit, drawing pads, journals, male and female deodorants, power bar/granola bars, magazines, body lotion, microwavable popcorn, Tupperware, sun block, microwavable cheesy mac, AA batteries, toothbrush/paste, sunflower seeds, brown undershirts, socks, feminine hygiene products hard candy, lip balm, Twizzlers, tissues, tuna fish packets, throat lozenges, instant noodles, soup, eye drops, coffee, baby powder, trail mix, Tums, Rolaids and mouthwash.

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