Jasper County Home Front is once again getting ready for Christmas. Every year in November we have a large Christmas mailing. We want our Jasper County military men and women to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers and that we support them and appreciate the sacrifices that they are making for us daily, especially during the Holiday season. We will be sending 2 or 3 boxes to each of our out of county military members, one of which will contain a small decorated Christmas tree and the others will contain a variety of wrapped gifts and homemade goodies. Our members who are stationed in the States and our Guard and Reserve members will also receive a gift. Anyone wishing to donate items is asked to drop them off at the MARATHON ONE STOP SHOPPE, 400 E. Jourdan St., Newton, IL. Here is a partial list of items that we frequently send:

Instant coffee (single serving pkgs)

Eye drops

Powdered drink mix (single serving pkgs)

Ramen noodles

Tea bags

Slim Jims/beef jerky



Granola bars

Dried fruit

Instant soups

Nail clippers

Microwavable meals

Individual wet wipes

Hand warmers/Hot Hands


Trail mix



Sun block



Monetary donations

Pocket size Kleenex

Canned fruit

Stress relief ball

Canned tuna/chicken

Sunflower seeds

Mac and cheese

Shoe insoles

Snack bars

Oatmeal packets

Donations for Christmas mailing will be accepted until November 18th, 2019. Everyone is welcome to attend our next Home Front meeting which will be held Thursday November 21, 2019 at 5:30 PM at the Newton American Legion, 108 E. Jourdan St. in Newton. We will be sorting and wrapping gifts so please bring your scissors. Please call 618-783-8469 with any questions.