GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Supplies can be hard to come by for troops serving overseas. But Floor Trader Gulf Coast is working to help troops get the supplies they need by holding a drive called Treats for Our Troops for the whole month of October.
Co-owner of Floor Trader Gulf Coast Vicki Rhodes said she got the idea to start the drive from her son who is a gunnery sergeant in the Marines.
"It was his idea, during his fourth deployment in Kuwait. When he got there they had nothing. Most people don't realize they are given a bed to sleep on and toilet paper. They have to bring all their clothing, toiletries, a towel to dry off with, everything. They have to supply that. If they forget something it's not like they can just go to the store and pick it up," said Rhodes.
That's why she is collecting the following items:
- tooth paste
- butt wipes
- foot powder
- deodorant-solid stick type
- feminine products
- monetary donations to help with shipping costs
- snacks-no chocolate
- snacks must be in packaging
- protein bars
- beef jerky, slim jims
- instant coffee
- trail mix
- dried fruit packs/raisins
- gum, candy
IMPORTANT: No aerosol cans or pump cans like shaving cream or hair spray, no pork products, no liquids unless in smaller containers. No glass products. All must be in original packaging.
Rhodes said the packages the troops receive are like Christmas presents which is why she is taking up the collection now so that supplies can be dropped off during the holidays.
"I'm happy to do it. I have a lot of friends that have sons and daughters that are fighting for us overseas also. It's an emotional thing for me, but we need to support them," Rhodes said.
Supplies can be dropped off at the Floor Trader stores at:
12175 Hwy 49 Gulfport
2525 Hwy 90 Gautier
1401 Schillinger Road S. at Grelot Mobile, AL
For more information call 228-872-8048.