Court Catherine Esther No. 1264, the Catholic Daughters Court in Canajoharie, is spearheading a drive to collect and send items to servicemen and women for Christmas.
Collection boxes have been placed in the lobbies of the NBT banks in Fort Plain and Canajoharie.
Collection boxes may also be found in Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church in Fort Plain.
The deadline for the endeavor is Nov. 29 so the collection can be packed and sent in time to reach the troops by Christmas.
The collection will be shipped to SPC Daniel Wohlgemuth in Afghanistan and he will distribute the collection to the troops in his division.
Suggested items include stationary, new and used Xbox games and DVD movies, paperback crossword puzzle books, double A batteries, triple A and C batteries, travel size shampoo, lotion, soap, powder and deodorant, shaving supplies and disposable razors, baby wipes and feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss and mouthwash, sunblock, bug repellant and packages of glass cleaners for sunglasses, shelf stable pudding, gelatin and fruit cups, peanuts, pretzels and snack crackers, individually wrapped granola and cereal bars, instant oatmeal and dry soup packets, Beef jerky and Slim Jims, hard candies, gum and Life Savers.
Glass bottles or jars, aerosol cans or sprays, chocolate bars, canned food and hotel-size toiletries will not be accepted.
The court is also asking for monetary donations to defray the cost of shipping. Checks should be made out to CDA Court No. 1264 and mailed to Terry O’Connell, 2 Maple Ave., Apt 210, Canajoharie, NY, 13317.