"Pride Packages"
C/O Pat Garlick
903 West North First St.
Shelbyville, IL 62565

For monetary donations, checks can be made payable to:

"Pride Packages"
C/O Pat Garlick
Community Banks of Shelby County Shelbyville Facility
Route 16 Shelbyville, IL 62565

Pride Packages is NOT an 501(c) 3 organization and your donation is not approved for a tax deduction, but a "GIFT FROM THE HEART" 100% of monetary donations go toward the cost of postage required to send the packages through the U.S. Postal Service, and the cost of supplies to be shipped. "Pride Packages" is funded entirely by private donations and staffed exclusively by volunteers.

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What is Pride Packages?
Touched by Pat's Marine son's plea for his fellow comrades that were not receiving packages in Iraq, Pat Garlick decided that the least she could do to help our service people would be to support our U.S. troops abroad and provide what would become know as "Pride Packages."

Inside each package will include a personal note as well as daily devotions and an e-mail address where the service people can contact her with any special needs that they may have while they are deployed.

Pat writes to her Marine son everyday and she knows how important mail and packages are to him. Her son says that you never get enough mail and packages from home.

Pat has written numerous letters to Marines that were not getting mail and sent packages to Marines that were not getting packages. It breaks my heart when I hear that our sons and daughters are fighting in a war thousands of miles away and they aren't receiving letters of support or packages from back home. As long as the war continues, I will send "Pride Packages" till all our service people are back home from being deployed abroad.

Even though a package may be addressed to one soldier, the items may be shared and end up helping a handful of soldiers.


News & Updates

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Congressman Shimkus Visits Pride Packages Project

Wednesday, January 25, 2006


Shelbyville resident Pat Garlick has managed to really brighten up the day for many military personnel serving in the war zones of Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and ships at sea in that area. Her "Pride Packages" program sends little reminders of home in the form of goodies, reading materials and words of comfort to service people who do not receive many packages from home. Garlick's slogan for Pride Packages is "Proud to Serve Those who Are Serving Us".

On Tuesday, January 17th, U. S. Congressman John Shimkus (R-Illinois-19) stopped in Shelbyville to pay a visit to Garlick. Shimkus expressed both gratitude and support for Garlick's undertakings.

"We really appreciate your effort, and just wanted to stop by and encourage you," said Shimkus.

Shimkus went on to say that as a West Point graduate, he has a lot of his classmates over in Iraq.

Garlick explained to Shimkus that she was inspired after her own son, Evan, a Marine who served in Iraq, wrote back and told her about fellow Marines who hardly ever received any mail or packages from home. In fact, when Evan came home on leave at Christmas, (he has finished his term of duty in Iraq) he helped fill the packages and get them ready to ship. (Read More)

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Food Items

Granola bars
Pop tarts
Nutri grain bars
Powered gator aid
Presweetened kool aid
Breakfast bars
Chex mix
Nacho cheese dip in cans
Rice krispies treats
Small containers of Dinty Moore beef stew
Easy mac & cheese
Ramen noodles
Beef jerky
Fruit by the foot
Sunflower seeds
Summer sausage
Squeeze peanut butter
Squeeze jelly
Ketchup/mustard/relish packets
Hot sauce packets
Slim Jims

Non-Food Items

Batteries AA
Writing Tablets
Ink Pens

White Socks
Word Find Books
Crossword Puzzle Books DVD's (You can get $1 DVD's at Wal-Mart)
Hand Held Games Paperback Books Magazines (hunting, sports, etc.)
Aqua Drops
Wipes Without Alcohol
Foot Powder

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