Dance Team is partnering with Houston Marine Moms to collect donations for troops in all branches of military service.

Donation boxes will be located in the high school library and Room C102 Monday through Friday, Sept. 16-20. Donations will also be accepted from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Vicki Miller Re/Max Opportunities office, 3026 School St., during the Needville Citywide Garage Sale.

“We will also set up a ‘Write a Hero’ note station during the garage sale so people can send messages of encouragement and thanks to our heroes,” said Sapphires Assistant Director Margarita Sauceda. “The notes will be included in the care packages.”

The following week, Sapphires Director Jenna Lawson will schedule a time for the team to take the donations to the Houston Marine Moms office in Katy, where Sapphires team members will box the items and prepare them for shipment.

Items needed are: tuna in a pouch; chicken in a pouch; beef jerky; snacks in single-serve packages; sunflower seeds; trail mix; antibacterial hand wipes; deodorant for males and females; toothpaste; and soft toothbrushes.

Sauceda said this is the first of what will become a bi-annual Sapphires collection drive for Houston Martine Moms, with the plans to continue the tradition at every citywide garage sale. The garage sale takes place the third weekend in September and the third weekend in March each year.

Sauceda, whose son is in the Marines, and retired history teacher Susan Davis, whose son is in the Army, came up with the idea to help Houston Marine Moms last year and are happy to see it come to fruition.

“We have so many young men and women from our area who serve in the military, and we want to give back to them,” said Sauceda. “Our Sapphires’ mantra is, ‘Accountability, Credibility and Contribution,’ so we wanted to make this project an outreach. These brave young men and women are giving so much to all of us that we want to give a little back to them.”

Sapphires members also visit Needville-area nursing homes as a part of their dedication to service to the community.

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