The Livingston County Farm Bureau, Will Country Farm Bureau, Bank of Pontiac and Pontiac First United Methodist Church are teaming up to collect international phone cards and items to be sent to our military personnel in time for the holidays. We don’t want to forget these important military personnel serving our country. Because of the variation of phone cards available on t market, the best way to get the proper cards to our military troops is through monetary contributions. Contributions may be mailed to: Phone Cards for Troops, c/o Livingston County Farm Bureau, 901 W. Howard St., P.O. Box 410, Pontiac, IL 61764. Checks should be made out to: “Phone Cards for Troops”. Please mail in your contributions by November 1, 2014 for the Thanksgiving holiday and December 1, 2014 for the Christmas Holiday.
The phone card program has been very successful and we have received copies of letters and emails from our troops. They are very, very thankful for the support! In cooperation with Will County Farm Bureau Investment group, the goal is to send over 4,000 packages for the holidays!
We will also be collecting the items listed below and they can be dropped off at the Livingston County Farm Bureau office at 901 W. Howard St.; Pontiac First United Methodist Church at 219 N. Chicago St.; and any Bank of Pontiac location – Main Bank, 300 W. Washington St., West Branch, 1703 W. Reynolds St., both of Pontiac; Odell Bank at 200 S. Waupansie St. in Odell; Dwight Bank at 132 E. Main St. in Dwight; Bluestem Bank at 501 S. Center St. in Forrest; Bluestem Bank at 104 E. Locust St. in Fairbury. Please drop off these items by November 5, 2014
Items needed: Hot Chocolate/Hot Cider Packets, Jerky/Slim Jims/Summer Sausage, Small boxes of Crackers, Cheese & Crackers, Canned Fruit (snack size), Canned Soup, Tuna or Chicken (canned or packets), Trail Mix/Nuts/Sunflower Seeds, Cookies (packaged), Rice Krispie Treats, Granola Bars, Protien Bars, Fruit Snacks/Dried Fruit, Sweat Pants, Blanket Throws, Small 8 to 12 inch artificial Christmas Trees, Ornaments (handmade or purchased, no glass), Christmas Stockings (handmade or purchased), New Men’s Magazines, Hand Held games, DVD’s or CD’s, Disposable Cameras, Instant Oatmeal Packets, Easy Mac Packets, Microwave or Hearty Canned Soup, Candy Canes, Christmas Candy, Muti-Vitamins, Over the Counter Pain Reliever, Men’s White or Black Crew (work) Socks, T-Shirts in Brown, White or Tan, Batteries (AA & AAA) and Any type of Suitable small gifts
We thank you for your help and generosity! Our troops truly appreciate your assistance and there is a strong need for all of these items! If you should have any questions, please call the Farm Bureau at 815-842-1103. We again would like to thank Operation Care Packages & the American Legion #1080 for their help and assistance! We have seen and heard that we are making a difference!!!