The Military and Family Support Group has kicked off its biggest project of the year.

The 2009 “Letters from Home Community Christmas Box” is a project which allows the community to gather items and construct cards, which will then be sent to military personnel stationed at different locations throughout the world.

Suggested food items include beef jerky, Slim Jims, chewing gum, granola bars, salsa dip, canned chips, tuna pouches, individually wrapped hard candy, store bought cookies and sweetened Kool-Aid, Gatorade and similar products. Personal hygiene items being sought are foot powder, hand sanitizer, Q-tips, moist wipes, lip balm, sunscreen, shaving gel, toothpaste and nail clippers.

Recreational items are also being requested, such as small, hand held games, crossword and word search books, postcards, bumper stickers and anything that will remind that service member of home.

Churches, organizations and families are encouraged to take part in the project.

Drop off locations for donations are Citizens National Bank—main lobby, TexasBank main lobby, Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, Early Chamber of Commerce, Big G Grocery, Miller Christmas Store, Headquarters Salon, VFW Post 3278 Brownwood, American Legion Post 308 Bangs, Wendlee Broadcasting, KOXE—FM and Heartland Mall.

The group also maintains the “Wall of Heroes” at the Brown County Courthouse in honor of those from all branches of service currently enlisted who have Brown County connections. The Military and Family Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Family Services Center, 901 Ave B. All branches of the Armed Services are represented.

To arrange pick up of donations or for more information regarding the project or the “Wall of Heroes” or the group’s projects, call Babs Shields at (325) 643-1259 or Joyce Leidig at 784-5014.