Sending care packages is one way to support the troops. This will be Poolman’s second year sending troop donations overseas. Poolman has many employees who are veterans or have family members that are currently serving, so they look forward to this annual event. The Poolman Care Package is scheduled to arrive in time for Armed Forces Day (May 18th). This year, troop donations will be going to troops stationed in Afghanistan.

Poolman is in the process of collecting donations. If you would like to contribute, customers may leave their troop donations by their pool skimmer between April 22nd and May 3rd. Poolman will pick up your donation during the regular maintenance route and make sure your gift gets to our soldiers overseas.

Often, small items like familiar snacks or something that provides entertainment (like batteries) have a big impact. Thanks to other generous groups, toiletry needs are often covered. Photos of the donations collected will be posted on Facebook in May.

Items that are always a hit for troop donations:

Snacks and Treats

  • Beef jerky
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Nuts
  • Crackers
  • Protein bars or powder
  • Hard candies ( jolly ranchers, butterscotch, etc.)
  • Spam, vienna sausages
  • Oatmeal
  • Tuna (single-serving, foil packages preferred)
  • Drink mixes (like Gatorade, lemonade)
  • Trail mix (no chocolate)
  • Single packets of sugar/sweeteners
  • Single packets of creamers
  • Cereal (small personal sized)

Useful and Small

  • Gum
  • Floss
  • Deodorant
  • Batteries (AA, AAA most commonly used)
  • Arm & Hammer powder
  • Benadryl (Trial Size)
  • Advil/Tylenol/Aleve (Trial Size)
  • Theraflu (trial size)
  • Cough drops
  • Heat packs for your hands/feet/back
  • Socks (heavy duty, not light weight)

General guideline: anything that is non-perishable, small enough to fit in their pocket or anything that they can “pop” the top off of is much preferred. Trial size is perfect! If you send anything that is aerosol they will not get it. Anything liquid has to be in a zip-locked bag.