Fairview Park’s We Do Care Committee was founded by resident and Chairman Harriet Beekman in 1976 in response to diminishing patriotism during the Vietnam era. The Committee was formed in an effort to encourage students in Fairview Park to consider and understand how our Armed Forces have helped ensure freedom in the United States.
Today, Mrs. Beekman continues as the Chairperson of the We Do Care Committee, enlisting community support to send gift packages to military personnel. To date, We Do Care has sent over 1,000 boxes to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
Donations for Care Packages
The We Do Care Committee is in need of the following items for packages being sent overseas:
- Powder Drink Mix (Gatorade, Kool-Aid, Crystal Light)
- Hot Cocoa Packets (Swiss Miss, Nestle, etc.)
- Tuna & Chicken Salad (In Foil Pouches, or Ready-To-Eat Kits) – No Cans
- Beef Jerky / Slim Jims
- Sunflower Seeds & Pumpkin Seeds
- Hard Pretzels / Cheetos / Fritos / Chex Mix / Wheat Thins / Ritz Crackers
- Granola Bars / Power Bars / Cereal Bars / Cliff Bars
- Fig Newtons, Oreos, 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: Chef Boy-R-Dee, Stews, etc.
- Rice Krispie Treats (Store-bought only)
- Little Debbie & Hostess Cake Products
- Cereal (Small, Individual Boxes)
- Condiments, Spices, Sugar, Salad Dressing (No Glass Jars)
- Caffeinated Energy Gum or Candy
- Baby Wipes
- Sunscreen; Lip Balm; Non-Aerosol Insect Repellent
- Vaseline (Small Jars)
Cash donations are appreciated as well to cover the costs of postage, shipping boxes, tape, etc.
If you would to donate, call Fairview Park City Hall at 440-356-4411. Drop off arrangements will be made at that time.
“God and Country” Writing Contest
Each school year 7th and 8th grade students at Lewis F. Mayer Middle School, St. Angela Merici School, and Messiah Lutheran School compete in a letter writing contest aimed at acknowledging the overseas members of our Armed Forces and expressing gratitude for their sacrifices in keeping the United States safe and free. Referred to as “God and Country,” this contest received its name from the letter prompt given to students: “Why God, country, and the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces are important to our country’s freedom.” The year 2015 marks the 39th year of the God and Country program.
Student letters are submitted to the We Do Care Committee annually and judged by a group of volunteer residents. Letters are selected from each school as winners and are read aloud at a meeting of the Fairview Park City Council. The winning student authors are publicly identified and receive a certificate acknowledging their success.