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Diversity Appreciation Dinner: German & Supplies Drive For Deployed Military

Step Up For Love loves people of all walks of life! As part of our mission to celebrate diversity, we are visiting various ethnic restaurants to learn more about the culture and the food. Join us for some great conversation, make some new friends, eat some interesting food and let's spread some love! The Willow Tree Cafe is a very popular German restaurant in Sanford. At 7PM the live music begins, featuring well known German beer drinking songs and lots of fun. (Note: drinking is not required to have fun!) The end time is flexible.

At this meetup we'll also be collecting items to be donated to a nonprofit organization called Semper Fi Sisters that provides support, assistance and empowerment to the Armed Forced of the United States. They create and ship out "Boxes of Love" to deployed military personnel. Cash donations can help with shipping. Below are some suggested tangible items:



COFFEE (Ground preferred), Hot Chocolate packets, Herbal teas



TUNA & CHICKEN SALAD (in foil pouches, or ready-to-eat kits (no cans)

Hard Pretzels / Cheetos / Fritos / Chex Mix / Wheat Thins / Ritz

Hard Candy (individually wrapped)

Granola Bars / Power Bars

Fig Newtons, Oreos, Nutter Butters, Cheese & Crackers - Small Packs

Trail Mix, Dried Fruit, Granola, Fruit Roll-Ups / Fruit By The Foot / Fruit Gummies/ NUTS: Peanuts, Mixed Nuts (salted preferred)

MICROWAVE FOOD (Popcorn, Chef-Boy-R-Dee, Mac'n'Cheese...)

COOKIES / Girl Scout Cookies (with chocolate: Oct. - Feb. only!)

Rice Krispie Treats (Store-bought only)

Oatmeal Packs (Instant Only) -Cereal (Small, individual boxes)

Condiments, Spices; Sugar; Salad Dressing (no glass jars) - Hot Sauce – small sizes (Ed’s Red or Tabasco) wrap glass bottle w/duct tape &

double zip lock bag, bubble wrap

Caffeinated gum or candy

Hot Sauce – small sizes (Ed’s Red or Tabasco) wrap glass bottle w/duct tape & double zip lock bag, bubble wrap


BATTERIES: (AA, AAA, C & 9 Volt are the most requested)

DVD Movies (new or used - recent releases only, please!)

Xbox Games, PSP, PS2 & PS3 Games (new or used)

Head phones / Ear Buds

Electronic handheld games

Pens but ONLY Stic Pens, do NOT send with clickers or movable parts)

small note pads or small notebooks

Stationery & Envelopes; blank cards to send home

Double-sided tape,

Small, Pocket Calendars

Game Books: (Crossword Puzzles / Word Search Books / Sudoku)

Yo-Yo's, Dominoes, Playing Cards (new), Poker Chips & Mats, Dice/Frisbees/hackey Sacks

Board games (UNO, Othello, Checkers - travel size is great, too!)

Music CDs, or Sports DVD of basketball games, football or baseball games

Sports, Hunting, Fishing Magazines & Books



Body Wash, Liquid Soap, Facial Cleanser

Shampoo /Conditioner (travel size) Hair Gel (for females)

Combs / Brushes / Bobby Pins (in original packaging, please)

Deodorant (travel size)

Razors (disposable or "Intuition" or "Mach 3" types) Shaving Cream in Tubes / Shaving Soap (No CANS)

Lip balm / Chap Stick / Carmex / Blistex

Foot Powder

Tissues (individual packs; travel size only)

Hand & Body Lotion / Moisturizer (travel size)

Bug Spray / DEET / Skin-So-Soft (pump bottles only -NO AEROSOL CANS)

Toothpaste & Toothbrushes & Dental Floss

Lozenges / Cough Drops

Loufa Sponges / Buff Puffs / Washcloths Nail files / Emery Boards / Nail Clippers

Feminine Hygiene Products (Panty Liners & Tampons)

Q-tips & Cotton Balls, Band-aids, Gauze Pads, First Aid Kits / Ace bandages, Icy Hot or Bengay cream

Moleskin /Shoe Insole Cushions (gel kind is best)

Tylenol, Motrin, Advil or Aspirin Packets (individual unopened packages only)

Eye Drops/Nasal Spray


Disposable Hand warmers and Foot warmers

Laundry Detergent, Trial Paks or Individual Paks

Bounce Dryer Sheets (used to put in boots, between clothes & sometimes to deter bugs)

Air Fresheners (standalone-not plug-in. Car types are also good)

SOCKS: Black, Olive Green & White (cotton or wool)

Fleece Blankets

Winter Hats: Wool Black or Brown

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  • Michelle S.

    Thanks for the supplies donated and the financial donations for Semper Fi Sisters!

    September 30, 2013

  • Michelle S.

    steppers, please change your RSVP if you cannot attend a meetup your signed up for... thanks

    September 30, 2013

  • Michelle S.

    I'll be the one in the green hat :)

    September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Been such a tough week, I'm not sure I'll be able to make this event. Sorry.

    September 26, 2013

    • Michelle S.

      All the better reason to come and have some fun!

      September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I have commitment I cannot get out of...

    September 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    AWESOME sounding group.

    1 · September 6, 2013

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