Texas Democratic Women of Erath County are collecting items to be sent in care packages to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Non-perishable goods such a pre-sweetened drink mixes, jerky, sunscreen, cotton socks, feminine products, gum, hard candy, DVDs, CDs, playing cards, etc., are sought.

It is hoped that at least 20 packages will be sent by the end of July. Heavy items, chocolate, canned goods, flammable goods and cigarettes should not be donated.

A donation box will be located at Town and Country Bank, 150 Harbin Drive, until July 5.

Another box will be located at the office of attorney Boyd Waggoner, 198 S. Belnap, until July 20.

Donations will be accepted during the July 4 parade in the Cowboy Walk of Fame parking lot. Anyone wishing to donate who cannot get to any of these locations should call 592-5535.

Cash donations to assist with the mailing of the packages will also be accepted. Help us show our men and women in uniform how much Erath County cares about them!