Moms move on, without military

By ANDREW TANGEL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

The Army brass might not like it, but some Frankfort mothers are collecting toiletries and other odds and ends to ship in "care packages" to U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

The local drive started when Becky Jones, the mother of 19-year-old Tabitha Webb, a military intelligence enlistee who reportedly arrived in Iraq last week, heard from her daughter that fellow soldiers need everything from razors to eye drops to Kool-Aid.

Desert pests are particularly irksome, Jones said. Soldiers need mouse traps to protect their gear from rodents and flea collars for wrapping around their boots. "They're having problems with mice getting into their belongings," she said. "The sand fleas in Iraq are eating them alive."

"I don't want to see anyone over there not have these things if they need them," Jones added.

So the 39-year-old military mom enlisted five other mothers to solicit churches, businesses, veterans groups and others to donate supplies or money to buy them. Thus far, she says she has collected a few hundred dollars, over-the-counter drugs and hundreds of mini-soaps and shampoos from Frankfort's Holiday Inn, for example. She hopes to send 100 to 150 large packages by Christmas, the first shipment by next Friday, Nov. 21.

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