RECTOR, AR (KAIT) -- Around 3,000 soldiers from Arkansas with the 39th Infantry Brigade left a few months ago for their service in Iraq. While there are some visible symbols of support across Region 8 they also need some physical support.
"Anything that you might use they can use," said Ruth Wimberley.
Ruth Wimberley and the people of Rector have been packing care boxes for soldiers for 4 years. She said they have never missed a month sending boxes over seas but they can't do it alone.
"We need help. We are sending so many boxes now that it's going to be impossible for this small community to take care of it," said Wimberley.
Wimberley said with the help of the Rector Community Center they pack and send boxes out every single month.
"This past month we sent 63 and this month we already have 65 names. It takes $11 to send every box before we put a thing in it," said Wimberley.
Wimberley said they need to keep the money they raise for postage. To send off 65 boxes will cost $715.
That's why they're asking for donations to fill those boxes up. If you want to make a donation you can bring it to the Rector Community Center. While they need supplies for the care boxes, they also need help getting the boxes ready.
"We could also use help packing the boxes preparing them to mail to them," said Rector Community Center Director Nelda Chadwick.
"It doesn't make any difference where you live. You don't have to live in Clay County. You don't have to live in Rector. If you're a soldier in the 39th you're one of our boys," said Wimberley.
There are many things that the soldiers need for their care boxes.
Food Items Personal Hygiene
Beef jerky Sunscreen
Vienna sausage Lip balm
Canned ham Insect repellent towlettes
Packages of noodles (not in cups) Hand sanitizer
15 bean soup Petroleum jelly
Macaroni and cheese mix Soap
Spaghetti and sauce Baby powder
Peanut butter Deodorant
Mixed nuts Razors
Peanut butter and crackers Toothpaste and toothbrush
Pudding cups Foot Powder
Pre-sweetened drink mixes
Cleaning Supplies Medical
Disinfectant Spray Anti-diarrheal tablets
Disinfectant Wipes Triple antibiotic ointment
Laundry Detergent Band-aids
Fabric Softener Pain relievers
Fabric Freshener Spray Allergy medications
Good writing pens