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Highground, Ho-Chunk teaming up for military care packages

The Highground veterans park near Neillsville and Ho-Chunk Gaming Black River Falls will be gathering items to create care packages for deployed military troops. Items can be brought to The Highground Museum (lower level) from now through Nov. 16, or to Ho-Chunk Gaming Black River Falls (W9010 Hwy 54, Black River Falls) from now until Nov. 14. On Nov. 16, the care packages will be put together at The Highground, boxed and prepared to ship to troops serving abroad.

A detailed listing of items that can be sent in care packages can be found at www., by calling 715-743-4224, or by emailing museum@thehighground. us.

In general, among the most popular items are: factory-packaged snack items without chocolate that do not need refrigeration such as: protein bars, Clif Bars, beef jerky, licorice, hard candy; ramen noodle packages; macaroni and cheese cups (that just need water added); small boxes of cold cereal (the kind that comes in packs of 6 – 8 boxes); canned meat such as sardines, smoked oysters, tuna, baby clams; taco seasoning packets; hot sauce packets; and individual water-flavoring packets. Personal non-food items include good quality toilet tissue; foot powder; lip balm; good quality cotton socks. Ziploc bags will be needed for packing the care packages.

Things that should not be donated are: pork products or anything containing pork; aerosols; perfume; nail polish; chocolate; gummy candy; CBD cannabis oil products; political items; and bulk religious items (religious items for individuals are OK as long as they are not anti-Arab or anti-Muslim.

One of the most important things you can donate are personal letters and/or cards. Letters or cards should not be in envelopes. This is a great opportunity for schools, churches, and other groups to join.

Funds to help cover shipping costs are needed. Each box will cost approximately $15-$20 to ship. Funds to help with the military care package program can be brought or mailed to The Highground. The Highground is located at W7031 Ridge Rd, Neillsville WI 54456. Please put “military care pkg” in the memo if sending a check. Credit card donations can also be made by calling The Highground.

On Nov. 16, the military care packages will be put together at The Highground Museum from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Volunteers are welcome to help put the packages together.