Making Christmas closer for those stationed away – Group seeks donations of gifts for local servicemen and women

November 19, 2009

Christmas is a very lonely time for the men and women serving in the armed forces away from homes and families. In Everett, parents and friends of the servicemen and women are going to make this Christmas a little brighter. The group under the leadership of Dottie Costanza, Patty Cruciotti, Patti Kenney and Martha Johnson are going to be shipping care packages to those service people from Everett just in time for Christmas.

For these four women, this project has a very personal meaning. Their sons are serving in the armed forces and stationed either at various military forts or are on duty on the frontlines. They are asking residents of Everett to help by donating the following items before the deadline of November 27:


Slim Jims

Coffee (instant), hot chocolate, tea

Instant drink mixes, (Kool-Aid, Crystal Light)

Pumpkin seeds/Sunflower seeds

Tuna in foil pouches

Protein bars

Pretzels/Wheat Thins/Pringles

Gum or hard candy

Granola bars

Trail mix/dry fruit

Rice Krispie treats

Jelly beans

Little Debbie snack cakes

Packaged cookies

Watermelon Sour Patch candy


Baby wipes


Liquid hand sanitizer

Body wash/shampoo

Combs or brushes

Eye drops (Visine)

Nasal spray

Gold Bond powder

Toothbrushes and toothpaste

Sandwich size Zip Lock bags

We cannot accept glass, cans, aerosol cans, lighters, hard cover book or home baked goods. And all collection boxes will be picked up on November 27.

The four drop-off locations in the city are: City Hall, The Armory on Chelsea Street, Vanity Hair at 604 Broadway and Gina Dee’s on Broadway.

If you know of a serviceman or woman that would like one of these care packages, contact Dottie at 617-823-2087 or Patty at 781-983-5197.