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Hope for the Holidays - Fundraiser for Military Personnel


Please join us in our donation drive to gather items that will be packaged and mailed to military personnel deployed overseas.  A lot of them will not be home in time for the holidays and your donation can brighten their day.  Drop off donations at A2O Fitness Monday – Friday, 6 am – 7 pm. 

To thank you for your donation, we will host a free boot camp on Saturday, 11/23 at 9 am for everyone that donates.  Come get a great workout and stay for an extra 30 minutes to help pack items into care package boxes that will be taken to the post office on Monday, 11/25.

Items Needed: 

  • FOOD/SNACKS:  Beef Jerky / Slim Jims/ketchup/hot sauce
  • COFFEE (Ground or whole; instant or drip), Hot Chocolate packets, Herbal teas
  • Instant Drink Mixes (Gatorade, Kool‐Aid, Crystal Light)
  • Pumpkin Seeds/ Sunflower Seeds (salted)
  • Tuna in foil pouches (no cans)
  • Protein Powders/ Protein Bars/ Cliff Bars
  • *NOCHOCOLATE PRODUCTS accepted from MARCH to OCTOBER (it will melt in high temperatures!) 
  • Hard Pretzels/ Cheetos/ Fritos/ Chex Mix / Wheat Thins 
  • Gum and Hard Candy (must be individually wrapped)
  • Granola Bars/ Power Bars/ Cereal Bars 
  • Small Packs of Fig Newtons, Oreos, Cheese‐Its 
  • Trail Mix, Dried Fruit, Granola, Fruit Roll‐Ups/ Fruit by the Foot/ Fruit Gummies 
  • DRY SOUP: (Ramen Noodles/ Cup‐O‐Soup: just add water) 
  • NUTS: Peanuts, Mixed Nuts (salted) 
  • MICROWAVE FOOD (Popcorn, Chef‐Boy‐R‐Dee,Mac'n'Cheese...) 
  • COOKIES /Girl Scout Cookies(with chocolate: Oct. ‐ Feb. only!) 
  • Cheese & Cracker packs 
  • Condiments, Spices; Sugar; Salad Dressing (no glass jars) 
  • Oatmeal Packs(Instant: just add water) 
  • Cereal(Small, individual boxes) 
  • Rice Krispy Treats(Store‐bought only) 
  • Caffeinated gum or candy (to stay alert) 
  • TOILETRIES:NOHOTEL SAMPLES! 
  • Baby wipes(travel size) 
  • Liquid Hand Sanitizer(travel size) 
  • Body Wash, Liquid Soap, Facial Cleanser 
  • Shampoo /Conditioner(travel size) 
  • Hair Gel (for female troops to pull hair back) 
  • Combs/ Brushes, Bobby Pins 
  • Eye Drops(i.e. Visine) 
  • Nasal Spray Give2TheTroops® OFFICIAL LIST of the Most Popular
  • Deodorant(travel size) 
  • Razors(disposable: "Intuition" or "Mach 3" type) 
  • Shaving Cream/ Shaving Soap (in boxes or tubes; NOCANS of Shaving Cream, please!) 
  • Cotton Swabs(i.e.Q‐tips) 
  • Band-Aids, Gauze Pads, First Aid Kits 
  • Lip balm/ Chap Stick 
  • Baby Powder & Foot Powder(travel size) 
  • Loufa Sponges/ Buff Puffs/ Washcloths 
  • Tissues(individual packs; travelsize only) 
  • Sunblock, SPF 45, Zinc, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera Gel
  • Bug Spray / DEET / Skin‐So‐Soft
  • Hand & Body Lotion / Moisturizer(travel size)
  • Mouthwash (travel size)
  • Toothpaste & Toothbrushes & Dental Floss
  • VITAMINS (multi‐vitamins are always needed!)
  • Breath Mints/ Breath Strips
  • Lozenges/ Cough Drops
  • Nail files/ Emery Boards/Nail Clippers
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Cotton Balls
  • Tylenol, Motrin, Advil or Aspirin Packets
  • Moleskin
  • Shoe Insole Cushions(gel kind is best)
  • ENTERTAINMENT and SPORTS:  
  • Batteries: “AA” "AAA" and “C” are the most requested
  • DVD Movies(new or used ‐ recent releases)
  • Portable CD players/ head phones
  • Small homemade gifts ‐ little comforts of "home"
  • Pens & mechanical pencils
  • Stationery & Envelopes; blank cards to send home
  • Double‐sided tape
  • Day planners/ Small, Pocket Calendars
  • Crossword Puzzles/ Word Search Books/ Math Puzzle books/ MADLIBS / Logic Problems/ Sudoku
  • Yo-Yo’s, Dominoes, playing cards, poker chips, dice
  • Board games(UNO, Othello, checkers ‐ travel size is great, too!)
  • Nerf footballs/ Whiffle balls/ Mitts/ Sports equipment
  • Frisbees/Hacky sacks
  • 35mmdisposable cameras
  • Flash Drives, Thumb Drives for laptop computers
  • Linens: Pillow cases, twin sheets, towels(green & tan)
  • T‐Shirts: Cotton green & tan undershirts(Sizes: M, L&XL)