Salute the Troops Feb. 14

Contact Brandi Palmer
Manager of Media Relations

The public is invited to attend a free “Salute the Troops Barbeque” on Feb. 14, between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S.

Attendees are asked to bring donations of non-perishable items, including toiletries, books, magazines and stationery supplies, to help create care packages for members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

The charity drive, now in its third year, is hosted by Stetson student organization Law & Order, and jointly sponsored by Stetson’s ABA Law Student Division chapter, the City of Gulfport, and the law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP.

This year’s event features games, face-painting and balloon creations for children and, on a first-come, first-served basis, free food and entertainment for participants. Attendees may write personalized messages of appreciation to military personnel at the card-writing station.

Public parking is available at the Gulfport Recreation Center and along Gulfport Beach.

Recommended items to donate include: Baby wipes, beef jerky, magazines and books, razors and  shaving cream, socks, hot chocolate, reusable water bottles, non-perishable food items (cookies, chips, crackers, cereal, instant oatmeal, pudding, canned fruit, soups, canned tuna), Gatorade mix, hard candies, instant coffee, Tupperware, plastic utensils, fabric softener, seasonings, hot sauce, sugar packets, Tylenol, muscle rub, travel games and toys, batteries (D and AA), stationery supplies, CDs, cotton swabs, Ivory soap, feminine hygiene products, tobacco, cigars, cigarette papers, disposable cameras, bug repellant, sunscreen, mail order catalogs, aloe vera, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, deoderant, body lotion, toilet paper and tissue packages, throat lozenges, eye drops, lip balm, foot powder, eyeglass wipes, and prepaid phone cards.

Media contact: Brandi Palmer |
727-562-7381 office | 727-430-1580 cell