"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

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Easter Pride Packages Deadline

JOHN CARSWELL - Daily Union Staff Writer

Pat Garlick and her husband Eric are known locally for their tireless efforts in sending Pride Packages to soldiers in Iraq.

The packages contain items from home that may seem common, but are very special to the men and women in uniform overseas.

The Garlicks began their humanitarian effort when the war hit close to home. Their son, Lance Corporal Evan Garlick is now on his second tour of duty in the dangerous Anbar Province and was the inspiration for the packages.

At present, the Garlicks are collecting and assembling a special edition of Easter Pride packages, with the deadline looming.

“Things sort of trickled in,” said Pat Garlick. “Easter is not considered as big a holiday as Christmas,” said Eric.

The phone rang and Pat talked as Eric boxed items. “We just got a call from the Tower Hill Girl Scouts,” said Pat excitedly. “They are sending over 30 boxes of Girl Scout cookies!”

Items needed for the Easter packages include Easter-related candy, cookies, poptarts, granola bars, Easymac macaroni and cheese, sample packs of shampoos, toothpaste, toothbrushes and other assorted toiletry items.

“Evan is a Marine and they can wear white socks but we don’t have any black crew socks for the Army boys. We sure could use some of those to send,” added Pat.

The deadline to donate items is Thursday night, March 8. Pat said, “We will be boxing up everything we have and sending it then so it can arrive by Easter.”

For more information call the Garlicks at 217-774-1324. Items can be dropped off at 903 W.N. First St. in Shelbyville.

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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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