DIXFIELD — When Vickie Carrier and the other women in the Town Office sent out a call a few years ago for personal and snack items to send to U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq, they were overwhelmed with the response from local residents.

They gathered enough items to fill 12 boxes and enough money to ship them to the 82nd Airborne.

Now, six years later, the town clerk is asking for more items, this time for soldiers serving in the 82nd Infantry in Afghanistan.

“They’re still over there and we support them,” she said. “It was very positive last time.”

Her nephew, Dixfield resident Scott Brown, who is serving a third tour of duty in the Middle East, is among the soldiers serving in that mountainous country, but he won’t be the only recipient of whatever is collected. The items will be shared with the many serving in the outposts.

Items that are good for tucking into a backpack are the best, she said, since soldiers have little chance to get these items when they are serving in the field.

Wanted items include: trail mix, nuts, hard candy, deodorant, body wash, shaving cream, toothpaste, shampoo and tooth brushes. Any money collected will be used to ship the items to the chaplain who will then distribute them.

Those who wish to donate may drop off items at the town office during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., until Dec. 4.

Christmas cards and short notes are also welcomed.

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