KINGMAN - The Mohave County Library in Kingman has been trying to give one local soldier and his unit a little taste of home all year long.
Since January, the library has been buying, collecting and sending various books, games, treats and toiletries to Joseph Nave, an Army Combat MP, and his unit serving in Afghanistan. Nave is supposed to return home in January.
"We're just trying to send them a little bit of home and let them know they're not forgotten," said Mary Boettger. She said nearly all of the branches of the Mohave County Library are sending out packages to adopted soldiers.
Nave isn't the first soldier the Kingman branch has sent packages to, she said.
She has packed numerous flat rate shipping boxes with donations from library patrons.
"It definitely makes you feel good," Boettger said.
Some of the food items the library is looking for include individually wrapped, single serving foods, such as snack cakes, chips, cereal bars, canned fruit and meat (no pork), beef jerky, coffee and tea, nuts, Ramen soup, gum, sports drinks and plastic spoons.
The library is also seeking entertainment items such as books, stationery pads, phone cards,
disposable cameras, playing cards, Nerf footballs, games, pens/pencils, Frisbees, CD/DVDs.
Boettger said they are as looking for the travel-sized toiletries, such as bug lotion with Deet, sunscreen, deodorant, lip balm, shampoo, etc.
Nave has specifically asked for mind-bending puzzle books and canned chili, she said.
Boettger is also accepting money to help purchase items.
Residents who also want to send a note of encouragement to Nave and his unit can fill out a greeting card at the library, which will be included in the next shipment of supplies.
Boettger said a class at the Kingman Academy is working on writing a whole package of letters to Nave and his unit.
Residents interested in dropping off donations can bring them into the library during regular office hours, which are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Just ask for Mary B. at the front desk or mention that the items are for the soldier.
Boettger said the library had a donations box at one time but removed it after donations started to disappear.