Here’s how you can donate to troops deployed to Europe amid Russia-Ukraine conflict

By SBG San Antonio | Published  on

SAN ANTONIO — If you’re looking to donate to troops deployed to Europe amid the Russia- Ukraine conflict, you can now do so as part of Gunn Auto Group’s ‘Operation Care Package.’

Starting Monday, March 14 and running through Saturday, March 19, all Gunn Auto and Collision Centers will serve as drop-off locations for ‘Operation Care Package,’ a city-wide drive to collect hygiene items and packaged snacks.

The donations will be sent to troops deployed to countries like Germany, Poland, Latvia, and Moldova to assist in reinforcing the defenses of NATO allies.

Donations can be dropped off at all Gunna Auto San Antonio dealerships and collision centers:

  • Gunn Acura
    11911 W Interstate 10, San Antonio, TX 78230-1012
  • Gunn Buick GMC
    16440 Interstate 35 N, Selma, TX 78154
  • Gunn Chevrolet
    16550 Interstate 35 N, Selma, TX 78154
  • Gunn Honda
    14610 W Interstate 10, San Antonio, TX 78249
  • Gunn Nissan
    750 NE Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78209
  • Gunn Collision Centers
    4851 Woodstone Dr, San Antonio, TX 78230
    Live Oak, 12520 Judson Rd, Live Oak, TX 78233
    16380 I-35, Selma, TX 78154

Here is a list of the most needed items:

  • Hygiene Items
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Wet Wipes
  • Female Hygiene Products
  • Hand Warmers
  • Manicure Set
  • Socks (no tube socks)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Cleaning Cloths/Spray (for glasses/goggles)
  • Snack Items
  • Protein Bars
  • Jerky or Meat Sticks
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Freeze-Dried Fruit (Single Serve)
  • Single-Serve Peanut Butter or Nutella
  • Single-Serve Cereals (Boxes or Cups, no bags as they will crush easily)
  • Pop-Tarts
  • Nuts/Trail Mix (Single Serve Preferred)
  • Tuna Salad Kit w/Crackers
  • Chicken Salad Kit w/Crackers
  • Powdered Drink Mixes like Crystal Light or Sports Drinks (Single Serve)
  • Gum
  • Candy
  • Down-Time Items
  • Small Balls or Footballs
  • Puzzle Books
  • Travel-Sized Games
  • Coloring Books
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pencil Sharpeners

Soldiers’ Angels, a national non-profit organization based in San Antonio, says they urgently need items to fill their requests for care packages and are asking for monetary donations to help pay the $18 cost to ship each box. These needs are in addition to the regular care packages they already send to veteran homes and VA hospitals worldwide.

“Thousands of U.S. service members continue to deploy in response to the invasion of Ukraine— many of them given only a few days’ notice before they were called to duty,” says Amy Palmer, President and CEO of Soldiers’ Angels. “As we continue to navigate the horrific unpredictability of the conflict, it is more important than ever that we come together and show these brave men and women that America is behind them, no matter what may come next. Although the needs of our deployed may change as this situation continues to unfold, we are in urgent need of care package items and financial donations to help send the care packages to support the increase in requests Soldiers’ Angels is experiencing.”