Supporting “Treasure for Troops”

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Mel Foster Co. in Geneseo is proud to support another year of “Treasure for Troops.”

Mel Foster Co. in Geneseo is proud to support another year of “Treasure for Troops.” Donations are needed to send care packages to service men and women currently stationed in areas of conflict. “Treasure for Troops” started in Geneseo in 2004 and has grown tremendously since then. Last year, Mel Foster Co. in Geneseo assembled 60 boxes for 28 troops of the armed forces.

Donations may be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Mel Foster Co. office in Geneseo at 119 North State Street, or any Mel Foster Co. office will accept donations for the Geneseo office. The deadline to donate items or money is October 1. Geneseo Mel Foster Co. agents and staff will package and ship the items the week of October 9.

Items needed for the packages include: antibiotic ointment, aspirin/Tylenol, baby wipes, Ziplock bags, beef jerky, breakfast bars, bubble gum, collapsible cups, combs and hairbrushes, comic and paperback books, cotton balls, dental floss and toothbrushes, disposable cameras, ear plugs, envelopes, and writing tablets, flip flops, fly strips and fly swatters, Ramen Noodles, portable CD players and music CDs, socks, soups (small cans), sunblock, wraparound sunglasses, holiday decorations, movie DVD’s, tissues, puzzle books (crosswords, etc), greeting cards, hard candy, ice tea mix (individual packs), instant coffee and teabags, sweetened Kool-Aid, licorice, lollipops, Lunchables, mini flashlights, mosquito wipes, nail clippers and files, Neosporin, Nerf toys (footballs), pencil sharpeners, pens and pencils, Q-tips, pipe cleaners, playing cards (UNO, etc.), Pop Tarts, single serving pasta, batteries (all sizes), throat drops, Tums/Rolaids, jigsaw puzzles, hand sanitizer, purchased cookies, waterless hand soap and battery operated fans.

Items requested to be in small packets and sizes only include: ketchup, coffee creamer, deodorant, eye drops, foot powder, powdered Gatorade, powdered hot chocolate, fruit cups and pudding cups, hand/body lotion, Imodium and Pepto Bismol, mouth wash, microwave popcorn, shampoo, shaving cream, toothpaste, and snacks such as chips, pretzels, crackers, nuts, etc. No aerosols, glass or chocolate will be accepted.

Monetary donations are needed to help cover postage and packing supply costs. Mel Foster Co. in Geneseo is also seeking addresses for service men and women currently serving overseas in areas of conflict for their Treasure for Troops campaign. Names and addresses of servicemen and women with local connections who would appreciate receiving the items are also needed. Notes of support and encouragement are also appreciated and will be included in each package sent.

Email the addresses to fdasso(at)melfosterco(dot)com or send them to Mel Foster Co., 119 N. State Street, Geneseo, IL 61254. For more information, phone 309-944-6414.

Founded in 1921, Mel Foster Co. is the Real Estate Leader of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois serving Davenport, Bettendorf, Moline, Rock Island and the surrounding Quad City area, and it is Iowa’s largest independently owned real estate company. The company specializes in residential sales and offers services in insurance, commercial, farm and land sales, land development, and management, relocation, career development, new construction and senior services. Visit our website at for more information.


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