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Boy Scout Troop 48 is collecting gifts to send for the holidays to U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

The troop is seeking supplies and also sponsorships of APO boxes from the post office that include postage.

APO boxes cost $10.35 or $12.95 each. The troop will fill them with supplies and send them with the sponsor's information if desired so the troops know who sent the care package.

Items and donations are due by Tuesday, Nov. 30 and may be dropped off at Valley Feed and Supply, 112 S. Royal St., Eagle Point, the Big R store along Highway 62 in White City and all Grange Co-op stores. Those who need someone to pick up items may call Darrin Thornton at 541-944-3626.

"I hope we can make a difference in some of these soldiers' lives, even if just for a day," says troop member Bryce Thornton.

The troop will sort and pack the care packages Dec. 6-7 at the Eagle Point Campus Life building, starting at 5 p.m.

Ideas for donations include peanut butter and jelly, dried fruit, pistachios, cashews, flavored creamer, Pringles, water-added foods such as macaroni and cheese and Top Ramen, popcorn, nuts, sunflower seeds, cereal bars, instant drinks, socks, shower shoes, wet wipes, antibiotic wipes, aloe vera lotions, chapsticks, sunscreen, foot powder, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, brush, floss, razors, shaving cream, gel bug repellent in cream form, air fresheners (nonaerosol)plug-in scented candles, eye drops, bath towels, Nerf balls, Frisbees, squirt guns, playing cards, stress balls, DVD movies, Sudoku, crossword books, magazines, disposable camera, prepaid phone cards, blank cards to send home, and batteries including AA, AAA, C, D and 9-volt.

Homemade goodies are welcome, but they should be vacuum-sealed or stored in a way that they'll keep for several weeks.

The troop has collected a variety of items from local businesses, including cash donations, jerky, hand wipes, gum, mints, candy, DVDs, books, Beanie Babies, hot sauce and free transportation for the first 1,000 pounds of care packages by FedEx.

MEDFORD — Oregon Duck and Oregon State Beaver fans can participate in a Civil War Food Battle, a "text" fund drive Nov. 22 to Dec. 4 to help feed the hungry.

Through a partnership with the Oregon Food Bank Network, the University of Oregon and Oregon State University, participants can text a gift pledge to their favorite Duck or Beaver football team in a contest to see who can generate the most donations for local food banks, including ACCESS Inc. in Southern Oregon The winning team will be announced at the Civil War game Dec. 4 in Corvallis.

Earlier this year, Americans used their cell phones to send text messages pledging more than $30 million for Haiti disaster relief efforts, according to Mobile Giving Foundation. Excited about using that model to raise funds for hunger relief, FOOD for Lane County created the "Civil War Food Battle" text campaign.

For Duck fans: Texting GoDucks5 to 20222 will give $5; texting GoDucks10 will give a $10 donation.

For Beaver fans: Texting GoBeavs5 to 20222 will give $5; texting GoBeavs10 will give a $10 donation.

The one-time donation of $5 or $10 will be added to customers' mobile phone bill or deducted from a prepaid balance. Messaging and data rates may apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of the food bank by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.hmgf.org/t.

For more information, call Philip Yates, nutrition programs director, at 541-774-4320 or e-mail pyates@access-inc.org.

Compiled from staff reports

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