Give to the Bookstore’s Annual “Support the Troops” Drive

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, the JJC Bookstore invites everyone to make and decorate holiday stockings for U.S. troops serving around the world at the Bookstore’s table at the college’s annual Volunteer Fair, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the C-Concourse on Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.  Terrie Rose and Cindy Mayfield Web

Anyone can also support the drive year-round by purchasing a $1 gift bag at the Bookstore, or dropping off any of the following items during regular Bookstore hours through Oct. 23. Visit for more information.


Food and drinks

  • Beef jerky, Slim Jims
  • Nuts of all kinds
  • All gummy candies/Swedish fish
  • Trail mix, health bars, dried fruit
  • Cookies/crackers
  • Healthy snacks/pretzels
  • Gum/mints/hard candy/Tootsie Pops
  • Tuna & chicken snacks to go
  • Ramen noodles
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Snack dips in cans
  • Juice boxes w/straws/applesauce cups (needed for hospitals)
  • Coffee of all kinds: gourmet such as Starbucks (whole or ground)
  • Coffee creamers, regular or flavored
  • Crystal Light/Gatorade
  • Hot chocolate

Sports Equipment

  • Basketballs
  • Baseballs & baseball gloves
  • Softballs & softball gloves
  • Volleyballs & nets
  • Footballs


  • All-purpose wipes (small packs)
  • Razors/Shaving Cream (no aerosols)
  • Mouth wash/breath strips/dental floss
  • Tooth brushes/toothpaste
  • Liquid/bar soap/body wash
  • Deodorant (men & women) – men like Old Spice and Axe
  • Carmex/lip balm
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Sunblock SPF 50
  • Individual bug packets (no spray, no DEET)
  • Tylenol/Advil/allergy medicines/vitamins
  • Saline eye drops & nose drops/spray
  • Nail clippers/nail files
  • Shampoo/conditioner/hair products for gals
  • Tissues (individual packs) Q-Tips
  • Hand/Body Lotion
  • Cortisone cream/anti-itch cream/foot powder/athlete’s foot cream
  • All feminine hygiene products
  • BenGay patches

For CASF & Main Trauma Hospital:

  • Undershirts/underpants – large and extra-large socks
  • Tote bags for items carried from hospital
  • Heavy duty shower slippers (open/closed toe)
  • Sleep shades
  • Mirrors
  • Cotton gym shorts – large and extra-large
  • Wash cloths, towels, pillow cases
  • Books/playing cards, current DVD’s/CD’s
  • Greeting cards/Stationery


  • Zip lock storage bags
  • Magazines/books/puzzles/game books
  • Disposable cameras/batteries AA & AAA
  • DVD’s/CD’s
  • Playing cards/anything entertaining
  • Room deodorizers
  • Sneakers/socks/boot socks
  • Sunglasses (men & women)
  • Freezer Pops
  • Neck coolers
  • Small battery operated fans
  • Windex wipes & foam squeegees
  • Energy drinks – all brands powdered
  • Saline eye drops & nose drops/spray
  • All-purpose wipes (unscented individual packs)
  • Body wash (men & women)
  • Deodorant
  • Bug repellent towelettes (no spray, no DEET)
  • Fly paper/fly swatters
  • Sun block SPF 50
  • Carmex, Chapstick
  • Air freshener
  • Over the counter allergy medicine
  • Powdered laundry detergent

Please note: The military is very strict about what service men and women are allowed to wear. Please send only the clothes on the above list.

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