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The Misawa Girls Scouts are running “Operation Backpacks for Japan - Kids Helping Kids” to “provide comfort and a message of love to the kids of Japan who have lost everything in the recent earthquake and tsunami,” according to Scouting officials.

Scouts will be collecting the following items through May 15: Paper, pens, crayons, coloring books, flashlights and batteries, stuffed animals, playing cards, comics, tissues, non-perishable snacks, new or gently used backpacks, games, hats, small blankets, toothbrushes and toothpaste, lotion, lip balm and combs or brushes.

Please do not donate clothing.

Those on Misawa can either drop donations at the Girl Scout Hut on the main floor of Tower 117 every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. or e-mail operationbp.misawags@yahoo.com to request the goods to be picked up.

Items can also be mailed to:Misawa Girl ScoutsUnit 5027 APO, AP 96319

E-mail questions can be sent to Misawagirlscouts@yahoo.com or JPayne.GirlScouts@gmail.com.

Visit the Scouts’ website at http://www.misawagirlscouts.org/.

“Please help spread the word of our project,” officials said. “With your help we can make a difference.”

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