Swiss Village Event For Supply Line A Success

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The Swiss Village program to benefit the Payson Supply Line was a great success.

Held June 28, the program brought in about $1,300 for the project that collects and sends comfort and care items to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Willis Brandt, left, buys a hot dog lunch from Mariam Kaftan at the Payson Supply Line booth at the Swiss Village fund-raiser for the troop support program.

The June 28 program was sponsored by the following Swiss Village shops: Payson Galleria, Dan Good Flooring, DJ's Bed, Bath & Home D├ęcor, Chitwood's Cabinets, Paper and Metal Scrappers, Payson Florist & Gifts, Chrisy's Cottage, Sugar Shack and Fireside Espresso.

According to one of the merchants, the event was well attended and there were even people driving up and handing Supply Line representatives Butch Klein and Lud Kaftan checks.

Troop support program set this weekend

Blockbuster is collecting for the Payson Supply Line this weekend.

Drop donations off at the Payson Blockbuster, on the east side of the Beeline, across from Wal-Mart July 4, 5 and 6.

The following goods are needed for the comfort and care boxes the Payson Supply Line ships to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan:

  • Socks -- black, cotton, crew-style sweat socks in packages of a dozen, men's sizes 8 to 12 and women's sizes 6 to 10
  • Batteries -- all sizes, but AA especially needed
  • Disposable cameras
  • Calling cards -- must be able to be used internationally
  • Lip balm -- any brand
  • Rolaids -- in rolls
  • Chewing gum
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Deodorant -- stick only, for men and women
  • Mosquito repellent wipes
  • Mosquito coils
  • Hand and Foot Warmers -- small packets
  • Sunblock
  • Nuts -- any variety, in cans or separately packaged
  • Chips -- any variety, canisters (like Pringles) preferred
  • Dips and Salsas -- in cans or jars with no refrigeration needed
  • Cereal -- sweetened (packages of six small boxes are perfect)
  • Raisins -- packages of small, individual boxes
  • Fruit Snacks -- small, individual packages
  • Canned Fruit -- small, "lunch box" sized cans, packaged in multi-packs
  • Peanut Butter -- Skippy in the tube
  • Crackers -- any kind
  • Cheese or Peanut Butter Crackers (or other flavors) -- already made and in individual packages
  • Candy -- hard type or other that will not melt
  • Kool-Aid, Gatorade, Iced Tea (or similar) -- pre-sweetened drink mixes, no diet (Kool-Aid "singles" are great)

Visit Supply Line display

As part of the Fourth of July festivities in Green Valley Park, the Payson Supply Line will have a display.

The display shows photos and letters from some of the many service men and women who have benefited from the generosity of Rim Country residents and businesses who have given their support to the Payson Supply Line program.

The first box of goods not normally available to service personnel through the military was mailed Jan. 18, 2005 and as of April 2008, more than 650 boxes have been sent from Payson to military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Payson Supply Line, a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) program, was founded by two retired Marines, Butch Klein and Lud Kaftan, know how important it is to service men and women to have that touch from home in the field.

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