ASLCS members are planning a special community service project at this year’s Professional Development Seminar in Raleigh.
Our hosts with the North Carolina House of Representatives have arranged for us to participate in the Rack Pack program, which will directly benefit returning military members in the area by providing them with basic necessities and treats as they return from deployments overseas.
North Carolina is home to 10 military bases and values the service of our military members. This is a great program and allows ASLCS members to show our appreciation to service members and participate in North Carolina’s ongoing support program.
North Carolina military installations include bases for the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy:
- Fort Bragg Army Base, Fayetteville
- Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, Onslow
- Air Station Elizabeth City Coast Guard Base, Elizabeth City
- Camp Mackall Army Base, Southern Pines
- Cherry Point Marine Corps Base, Havelock
- New River Marine Corps Base, Jacksonville
- Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point, Brunswick County
- National Strike Force Coast Guard, Elizabeth City
- Pope Air Force Base, Manchester
- Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Goldsboro
Rack Pack Community Service Project
The Rack Pack Program provides basic necessities for returning service members upon their return from deployment. Bags are filled with toiletries and individually wrapped treats and snacks. The bags are placed on the beds (racks) of returning soldiers to provide for basic necessities in their first 48 hours back home.
ALSCS attendees are asked to bring along travel size toiletries, personal care items and wrapped treats, or donate funds for the purchase of supplies. All products must be “travel size” as the Rack Pack bag has to be able to accommodate each item. Suggested items include:
- Travel size shampoo and conditioner
- Travel size soap or body wash
- Deodorant (solid stick type)
- Hand lotion
- Shaving gel packets
- Gum/snack Items (i.e. beef jerky, peanuts, cookies, crackers, hard candy, etc.)
- Kool-Aid/tea/Crystal Light individual drink mixers
- Toothbrushes (individually wrapped)
- Travel size toothpaste
Please, no aerosol or alcohol based products, glass bottles or chocolate, as it melts.
This is a wonderful way to express appreciation to those who have served our country on deployments overseas. Remember the Rack Packs may be used immediately or may lay in wait for their new owners for more than a month, so please consider the shelf life of the products, as well as the potential to melt (sadly, no chocolate).
We’ll have a donation basket available at the registration/information desk throughout the meeting and also will accept cash donations.
The program is coordinated by the USO of North Carolina. Individuals and corporations can provide the items listed or donate funds for the USO of NC to purchase needed items. Learn more about the Rack Pack program or other ways to support our troops.