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Westport Group Holds Donation Drive for Japan

Westport's Service League of Boys is holding a donation drive for Japan and needs your help.

All month long, SLOBs -- the parent-son community service club co-founded at Staples by junior David Kalb and his mom Suzanne -- will be collecting much needed items like blankets, first-aid kits and bug repellent. The items will be sent to Give2theTroops in Middletown, one of more than 20 organizations the school group works with. From there, they will be sent to Japan with American troops.

"My family worked a packing party [recently] at Give2theTroops,” Suzanne said. “Andi Grant, the founder and president, told us a heart-wrenching story about the kind of devastation our American troops encountered when they arrived in Japan on their relief mission."

"The situation was so bad, our troops basically pulled their toiletry kits out of their duffel bags and handed over all their possessions," she said. "They handed over just about everything they had on the ships — pillows, blankets, food."

It was this story that inspired the SLOBs donation drive, Suzanne said. Items needed are:

? Blankets (new or like new) ? Face masks ? Work gloves ? Bug repellent (pump sprays only — no aerosol cans) ? Wash cloths ? Towels (new or like new) ? Wet wipes and hand sanitizers ? First-aid kits, bandages, gauze, disposable medical gloves, medical tape, first-aid ointments ? Aspirin and Tylenol ? Shaving supplies (no aerosol cans — soap or tubes only) ? Candy and gum ? Protein bars ? Trail Mix ? Dried fruit snacks ? Ramen noodles

All items can be dropped off at 88 Compo Road S. in the donation container located on the front porch.

Have you contributed to the relief efforts for Japan? Please leave a comment below.

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