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

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.

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

  1. Dottie Costanza
    January 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Thank you for printing the above story in your paper. Our group would like you to print a Thank You note to the people of Everett. Our Project, “Operation Merry Christmas 09”, was a huge success due to the generous people of Everett. We asked for donation’s and got them big time. We had such an overwhelming response that we sent out numerous boxes at Christmas and are planning to send out more in mid February.
    The success of our project happened with resident’s donating goods as well as students, teachers, school personnel, private organizations.
    A special Thanks to Joe Hickey and Gerry Marenda for all of their help. The Veteran’s Dept. funded all of our over-seas packages. The Vietnam Veteran’s Club, Ald. Michael Marchese, Mayor Carlo DiMaria, Mark Glinner and especially all the resident’s of our city.

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