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Thanks to students serving on a CAN DO committee, local military personnel stationed abroad can receive a care package this holiday season.

CAN DO’s Student Action Committee is seeking names of servicemen and women with local ties to send them packages as part of the 10th annual Operation: CAN DO, a collection drive of food, personal care and entertainment items for members of the military.

Front row, from left: Operation: CAN DO co-chairs Monica Abdelmalek of Hazleton Area High School and Dominic Mussoline of Marian High School. At back are student advisers Nancy Stasko, CAN DO director of administration, and Charles Burkhardt, CAN DO board member.Those who have a loved one stationed overseas are encouraged to send his or her name and delivery information to Nancy Stasko at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 570-455-1508 so a care package can be sent. CAN DO partners with American Legion Post 473 in Freeland, which helps coordinate the drive and sends the packages each year. The American Legion will assemble and ship the packages in early November to ensure they arrive in time for the holidays.

“We need the public’s help to make this drive a success. If you know of a man or woman bravely serving our country in the military, please let us know so we can show them our appreciation,” said CAN DO President Kevin O’Donnell.

Through the generosity of local businesses and residents, the Operation: CAN DO care packages are sent to soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines without charge. The public can also donate to the drive until Oct. 23. Donations may be made from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at CAN DO’s Renaissance Building in downtown Hazleton, 1 S. Church St., 200 Renaissance Center (the corner of Broad and Church streets), on the second floor.

Business or individuals who would like to make monetary donations are asked to make checks payable to “Operation: CAN DO.” Donations may be sent to “Operation: CAN DO,” c/o Nancy Stasko, 1 South Church Street, 200 Renaissance Center, Hazleton, PA 18201.

For a complete list of items appropriate for donation, visit or contact Stasko at 570-455-1508 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The list includes canned potato chips; individual packets of crackers, trail mix, etc.; hard candy; coffee bags; creamer packets; sealable freezer bags; soap; gloves; baby wipes; lip balm; sun block; personal packs of tissues; foot powder; blister pads; blister medication; bug repellent wipes; magazines; new paperback novels; puzzle books; and disposable cameras.