USO "Stuff the Truck" event coming to La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - "Stuff the Truck", a donation drive to collect supplies for military troops is scheduled for Monday, April 16 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in front of the La Crosse Center.

Military troops traveling through La Crosse en route to Ft. McCoy for training often times get delayed. The United Service Organization (USO) supplies these troops with food and beverages while they go through the on-boarding and off-boarding processes. 

The USO purchased a mobile unit with refrigeration and storage for food and beverages that will provide support for troops stranded in a holding pattern in need of nourishment.

The USO, Festival Foods and WKBT News 8 is partnering with the La Crosse Rotary Group and the La Crosse Media Group for the donation drive April 16. 

Donations will be accepted in front of the La Crosse Center beginning at 6 a.m. Donors may drop off items or a cash donation without having to exit their vehicle. Volunteers will be on hand to take any donation.

The following items need to be single serve pre-wrapped items:

Protein bars, granola bars, fruit snacks, breakfast bars, oat meal packets, cup of soup, cookies, beef jerky, slim jims, cheese sticks, chips, pretzels, trail mix, nuts, Rice Krispy Treats, dried fruit, peanut butter, gum, candy, microwave meals, cheese crackers and popcorn.

Personal items needed include:

Razors, shave cream, dental picks, Q-tips, tampons, feminine pads, cough drops, mole skin, travel tissues, cold medicine, Tylenol, Benadryl, eye drops, baby wipes, sunscreen, eye glass cleaners, hand warmers, tooth brush covers, band aids, hand sanitizer, black socks, black stocking hats, insoles and boot laces.

Beverages needed include:

Bottled water, flavored tea, hot chocolate, soda (12 oz. cans), Gatorade, juice in cans, instant coffee, cappuccino mixes and Monster drinks.

Festival Foods gift cards are also accepted or cash donations.

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