Brighten a Soldier’s Life: Project Holiday Begins Today

Project Holiday kicks off its 9th year today.

Project Holiday kicks off its 9th year today.

In an effort to support deployed US military members during the holiday season, the City of Delray Beach, “You Are Not Alone and “One Soldier at a Time” have come together to support the 9th Annual Project Holiday.

This important Project collects and ships desperately needed items to our military who will not be able to come home for the holidays. The community is encouraged to experience the true spirit of the holiday by contributing to this worthy cause.  Donated items will be accepted at various locations throughout the City and at several locations in Boca Raton from November 10, 2014 through December 5, 2014.


Examples of needed items are: (travel size preferred): Thermoguard pads (heating pads), holiday decorations (all faiths), bags of hard, individually wrapped candy (i.e., lifesavers, dollar store hard candy – please no chocolates except for tootsie rolls, tootsie roll pops, charm pops, etc.), snacks that can easily be put in their pockets while on duty (i.e., fruit cups, peanut butter crackers, etc.), gum, beef jerky, Slim Jim, pepperoni or similar dried meats, boxes of granola bars or similar, individual bags of nuts, dried fruit, trail mix or sunflower seeds, boxed and/or individual drink packets (i.e., Crystal Light, Wal-Mart or Target brand, Kool-Aid, hot chocolate, etc.), non-perishable food items, foil packed tuna and chicken, crackers, sun block, lip balm, baby wipes (no bigger than 2½” wide packages), Purell hand sanitizer, hand lotion, batteries (i.e., AA or AAA), foot powder, deodorant, toothpaste, socks (e.g., white or black knee-hi), used CD’s, DVD’s (no VHS tapes or cassettes), letters, notes, holiday cards and encouragement cards.


Beginning November 10, drop off boxes will be at the following locations:


Delray Beach City Hall, 100 NW 1st Avenue, Delray Beach
Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach
Delray Beach Community Center, 50 NW 1st Avenue, Delray Beach
Delray Beach Municipal Golf Course, 2200 Highland Avenue, Delray Beach
Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, 140 NE 1st Street, Delray Beach
Delray Beach Public Library, 100 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach



Skin Apeel, 21301 Powerline Road, Boca Raton
Total Car Appearance Center, 4501 Oak Circle, Boca Raton
Applications by Design, Inc (ABDI), 22037 State Road 7, Boca Raton

Stacy & Mom Doggie Divas, LLC, 3944 Florida Blvd, Suite 101, Palm Beach Gardens


Monetary donations to cover postage and to purchase calling cards are also appreciated. Please mail checks and/or money orders made payable to Project Holiday/One Soldier at a Time to: City of Delray Beach, c/o Delores Rangel, 100 NW 1st Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444.


Items will be packed for shipment on Sunday, December 7 at the Delray Beach Community Center, 50 NW 1st Avenue.   If you are a City resident of Delray Beach or Boca Raton with a family member serving overseas and would like a package sent and/or would like to volunteer to assist in packing boxes to be shipped, contact Delores Rangel at (561) 243-7010.


For information on drop off locations in Delray Beach, contact Delores Rangel by phone (561) 243-7010 or E-mail For information on Boca Raton drop off locations, contact Marla Birman by phone (561) 212-4914 or E-mail  Information on Project Holiday can also be found on the City’s website,


“You Are Not Alone” (YANA) is a local group sponsored by the City of Delray Beach that provides encouragement and emotional support to family members and friends of our soldiers.  “One Soldier at a Time” is a project that supports our deployed military with care packages and words of encouragement.