Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Charity Drive

By Julie Coulter Bellon

Political campaign expert Kristen Shepherd excels at staying cool under pressure, but this time she’s in over her head. After leaving her high-profile fiancé at the altar, she uncovers the shocking truth about the man she nearly married—truth that could ruin her life. With the press on her tail, the only person she can trust is Ryan Jameson, her political opponent and former boyfriend.

Army doctor and LDS convert Brandon Shepherd shares his sister Kristen’s talent for keeping a level head, and his newfound faith gives him steady strength during times of turmoil. But when he and fellow doctor Rachel Fields are seized as Iraqi prisoners of war, he faces a crisis of personal integrity that may cost him his life.

In this gripping tale of unlikely heroes and unexpected romance, two siblings must risk everything for freedom. And in the heat and sand of enemy territory, they discover that all’s fair in love, even if not in war.

I haven't had a chance to read this book yet, but I wanted to let everyone know that in conjunction with the book's release Julie will be doing a charity drive, "Skittles for Soldiers," to help send a little taste of home to the troops serving overseas.

From July 14 to July 19th, you can drop off any of the items listed below at any Seagull location across the Wasatch Front, from Logan down to Spanish Fork. When you do, you will receive an entry to win a free autographed copy of All's Fair.

Julie will be appearing on Good Things Utah on July 14th at 10:00 a.m. on Channel 4 to kick off the charity event and doing several booksignings that week as well.

Suggested Care Package Items

Individually wrapped hard candy

. Twizzlers
. Tootsie Rolls/Pops
. Skittles
. lollipops
. Life Savers
. Sweet Tarts
. chewing/bubble gum
. mints, breath strips

Lunch box sized snacks

. nuts
. seeds
. pretzels
. cookies
. chips (Pringle type
containers best)
. Cracker Jacks
. crackers
. Corn Nuts
. fruit snacks/fruit leather
. Gardettos
. microwave popcorn
. trail mix
. energy bars
. protein bars
. breakfast bars
. granola bars
. nut bars
. beef jerky
. fruit: cup/canned/dried

Instant meals

. instant oatmeal
. Kraft Easy Mac
. ramen
. Cup of Noodles
. non-refrigerated
microwaveable meals
. canned meats-
no pork!
. stews
. chili
. ravioli
. soups


. hotel/travel sized: gel, deodorant, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, mouthwash
. small hand sanitizer
. toothbrushes
. dental floss
. sanitary pads /tampons
. twin blade razors
. eye drops
. nose drops
. unscented baby wipes/
wet wipes
. Mach III Turbo Razor
. small Kleenex packets
. Q-Tips
. anti-fungal creams
. Band Aids
. medicated foot powder
. sunscreen


. sweetened drink mixes
(ex. Gatorade,Crystal
Light, Kool-Aid)
. hot chocolate
. cider mix
. sugar or sweetener

Entertainment and miscellaneous

. DVDs
. AAA and AA batteries
. pens/pencils
. blank greeting cards
and stationery
. stickers
. disposable cameras
. AT&T phone cards
. condiment packets
. sandwich, gallon,
quart, and snack-sized
Ziploc bags (to make
care packages)

If you live near the Wasatch Front be sure to stop by a Seagull Bookstore and help send a little bit of home to our soldiers.

You can find out more about the charity drive and Julie at her website

1 comment:

Stacy G. Anderson said...

Great way to use your writing skills to help out a good cause!