NEWARK, Del. (Dec. 3, 2010) - After raising over $8,000 during its memory walk for Alzheimer's research and over $3,300 for Specials Olympics Delaware and Maryland during the Pig Skin Pass in November, the University of Delaware women's lacrosse team continues to give, this time helping those who are serving our country.

Drop boxes will be available in Delaware Field House and the Bob Carpenter Center from now until December 15, 2010.

The effort, spearheaded by junior midfielder Kalyn McDonough, helps to collect items that will benefit soldiers in the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, currently stationed in Ansbach, Germany. The project is close to home for McDonough, whose brother serves as a Captain in the United States Army.

"My brother was in Afghanistan last Christmas and although he was overwhelmed with packages from my large extended family there were some soldiers that did not receive anything," said McDonough. "We would like to supply just a little bit of Christmas spirit to those soldiers that are far from their families' holiday celebrations this December."

All items donated will go directly to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those dropping off items are also requested to include a holiday greeting card with a message of support and cheer.

With drop boxes located in Delaware Field House and the Bob Carpenter Center, stocking stuffers for soldiers requests non-perishable items such as Christmas candy, gum, fruit roll-ups, fruit snacks and candy, caramel-covered popcorn, beef sticks and beef jerky, pretzels, lemonade and flavored drink mixes, individual flavored teas, hot drink mixes, bags of coffee, trail mix, nuts, cookies, chips, ramen noodles, tuna lasagna, canned fruit. Please no homemade foods.

Entertainment items can also be dropped off, such as pocket games and puzzles, DVDs, movies, music CDs, current magazines, stuffed animals, telephone calling cards, paperback books, dominoes and disposable cameras.

Health items are requested, including lip balm, foot powder, travel-size toiletries, crew socks, hand and foot warmers and fly swatters.