DELRAY BEACH — Each year, the city of Delray Beach sends local military men and women serving abroad care packages made up of items donated right here at home.
“Project Holiday,” a donation effort launched 11 years ago, is once again underway. The city began collecting items and money donations for those care packages this past weekend, according to the Delray Beach Police Department.
This year, the city is hoping to collect travel-size shampoo, deodorant, hand sanitizer, hand lotion, sunblock, soap/body wash, toothpaste, non-perishable foods and small holiday decorations. Items can be dropped off at the police department, at 300 W. Atlantic Ave., through Dec. 2.
The care packages will be mailed out in early December.
Project Holiday was launched by Delores Rangel, an executive assistant in the city manager’s office, in collaboration with former Commissioner Alberta McCarthy, according to archived news reports. Rangel sent care packages to her daughter, Melissa, who served in the U.S. Air Force.
Each year, more than 200 boxes filled with gifts and treats are mailed to troops overseas, according to the city.