The Washington County chapter of the American Red Cross is seeking donations of coffee, microwave popcorn and other items for overseas troops in need of a mid-winter morale boost.
"This is just something to make their life a little bit better," said Cynthia Blackstock Kline, director of emergency services for the county Red Cross chapter.
The drive is being dubbed "Our Heart Goes Out to You" because the items will arrive overseas near Valentine's Day. But there is no need to donate items that reflect that theme, Kline said.
Instead, recommended donations include hot chocolate, cider, teas, stationery and anything else that someone separated from friends and family might enjoy, she said. Videos and paperback books also are needed for a lending library that has been established, she said.