More than 100 boxes filled with everything from bug spray to coffee are headed to soldiers serving with the Louisiana National Guard’s 922nd Horizontal Engineer Company in Kuwait.
The boxes were packed and shipped by volunteers with the Ascension Veterans Associations, a group formed last year by volunteers with several veterans groups to support area troops, Brent Gautreau said.
Gautreau said the group has no fees or registration guidelines.
“The group is not made up of just veterans, but just people who want to help,” Gautreau said.
Some of the volunteers have sons, daughters or spouses serving in the unit.
The volunteers started collecting personal care items, food, books and other items in April and packed the things during two work sessions earlier this month.
Last week, Gautreau said, he shipped the boxes.
Gautreau said school groups, businesses and “just folks who wanted to help” donated the hundreds of items shipped.
Carla Ruiz, a volunteer with the group, said she was pleased with the response she got from area schoolchildren.
Ruiz and others filled more than a dozen tables with playing cards, puzzle books, mouthwash, toothpaste, American flags, sunflower seeds, granola bars, nuts, cookies and a variety of food and personal-care items.
Several companies, Gautreau said, donated money for the collection drive.
That money, he said, will be used to purchase footballs, soccer balls, baseballs and other sports equipment.
“We’ll do this all again in about two months,” Gautreau said.
Gautreau said the group hopes to send packages to the troops every quarter until they return.
Members of the 922nd, which is based in Gonzales, deployed earlier this year for Kuwait.