HUTCHINSON (AP) -- Riverside Assembly of God Church is collecting items to send to the U.S. troops in Kuwait.
"Operation Shoe Box" is a way to let the service personnel know they're being remembered and appreciated, said church member Bruce Peterson.
Peterson has been coordinating the collection, but the idea came from another church member who has family stationed in Kuwait.
Shopko, Target, Wal-mart, Econofoods, Cash Wise and some of the convenience stores in Hutchinson have special carts set up in their stores for customers to donate items. Peterson said they're collecting items that won't melt, including beef jerky, Ramen soup mix, hard candies and wet wipes.
The items also are being accepted at the church until March 19.
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