Volunteer Corner: Parise de Jean Organization: Goods for Services Residence: Kings Beach
November 18, 2008
You are collecting goods for soldiers in Iraq. What motivated you to do this?
This summer a friend asked me to contribute to a box for a local soldier. I was astonished at the wide range of items our soldiers need.
Do you have friends or relatives in the military?
I don’t have any relatives currently in the service, but I do have friends and acquaintances whose children are currently serving.
What items are most needed?
Baby wipes (the refills are best) seem to be the number one request, home-baked cookies, toothpaste and tooth brushes, deodorant, double “AA” batteries, powdered drink mixes, socks, crackers and trail mix, Advil and Tylenol, books, magazines and DVD’s. There are too many items to mention.
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You were surprised by the needed items?
I was astonished at the range of items requested. I think about the huge sacrifice our troops and their families are making on a daily basis for us while here at home we take all of these items for granted. They are out there in the field carrying 60 pound packs and risking their lives. They have to carry their own supplies and water in horrible conditions.
Why are these items important for our troops?
All of these items will help make their time on duty a little easier to bear. The personal items will help with cleanliness and personal hygiene and the food items will make them feel like they are a little bit closer to home. It’s nice for them to know people at home want to show their appreciation.
Are you sending the goods to a particular troop?
I do have a particular name to send boxes to (Colin Love, from Kings Beach, who is doing his second tour in Iraq) and am gathering more as the project grows. I plan to send boxes to several names in both Iraq and Afghanistan and will enclose a note in each box asking the troops to pass the goods around.
Will these items be geared for holiday arrival?
Yes. I’m collecting goods until Nov. 26. My goal is to box everything up over the Thanksgiving weekend and ship it all during the first week in December. I will still be able to send boxes after that, but would like to get the bulk of it out then.
Do you have a history of volunteerism?
When my children were growing up here, I served on the Kings Beach Elementary Site Council for several years, I’ve also been a member of Soroptimists International where I served as treasurer for several years in North Lake Tahoe.
What is the reward of giving your time and energy?
Very simply, it makes me feel good to know I can do something to help.
Have you learned anything about yourself or the community through this effort?
I’ve gotten tremendous, very positive response from friends, family, clients, local service clubs, the newspaper and local radio. Putting it all together has been a very rewarding experience and I would like to see the project grow. I’ve always been impressed by how supportive our community is when the need arises.
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WHAT: Good for Services
WHERE: Any North Tahoe or Truckee Plumas Bank Branch, Century 21 Tahoe Resort Properties at the Gateway Center in Truckee (11008 Donner Pass Road), or call me for pick-up.
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week at Century 21 Tahoe Resort Properties, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Plumas Bank branches, until Wednesday, Nov. 26
CALL: (530) 386-3770
RECIPIENTS: Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan
WHY: Some troops have no one to send them goods and some families can’t afford to help their loved ones. It’s such a small sacrifice for us to make their holidays a little brighter, Parise de Jean.