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Military Collection Drive at The Woodlands Children’s Museum

The Woodlands Children's Museum
4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280
The Woodlands, Texas 77381



Military Collection Drive at The Woodlands Children’s Museum
Support the troops by donating items they need


THE WOODLANDS, Texas – April 28, 2017 – Join The Woodlands Children’s Museum in its effort to honor and assist the brave men and women who serve in the military.


Throughout the month of May, the museum will be collecting items for its Military Collection Drive.


Everyone is invited to show support for the troops by donating any of the following items, as requested by the military, to the cause.


·         Beef jerky/Slim Jims

·         Coffee (1 pound or smaller bags)

·         Pocket snacks (granola bars, power bars, nuts, fruit strips or trail mix)

·         Gum

·         Meat pouches (tuna, chicken, salmon, turkey or beef)

·         Oatmeal (in individual packets)

·         Powdered energy drinks

·         Peanut butter (18-ounce size preferred)

·         Batteries (AAA, AA, C, D)

·         Female items (bobby pins, hair ties, razors, hairbrushes)

·         Personal care (toothpaste, deodorant, tooth brush, shave cream)

·         Hair/body wash (24 ounces or smaller, scented and nonscented)

·         Room fresheners (no candles or aerosol please)

·         Hand sanitizer

·         Crossword/Sudoku puzzle books

·         Shower shoes (flip flops – multiple colors for males and females)


The drive is being organized with Operation Military Embrace, a nonprofit that helps wounded soldiers and provides assistance to military families in need.


Carlton, Hofferkamp & Jenks Wealth Management is co-sponsoring the effort with the museum.


“We are so thankful for the dedication of our troops and want to do something that will make a difference for them,” Angela Colton, executive director of the museum, said. “Hosting this drive gives the community an opportunity to band together and recognize the sacrifices and endurance of these courageous and hard-working individuals.”


Active military and their immediate families are always admitted to The Woodlands Children’s Museum without charge through the Blue Star Museums program, a collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense.


The national program runs annually from Memorial Day to Labor Day – but The Woodlands Children’s Museum provides free admission to service members and their families throughout the year.


“We also give the service members’ families membership privileges, including discounted prices on classes and birthday parties,” Colton said.


She explained that the museum does not receive funding from the Blue Star Museums program and that participation is purely voluntary. Any museum may participate – and so far, 2,000 organizations around the country have joined the program.


The Woodlands Children's Museum is located at 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280. Daily admission is $6 each for adults and children 1 year and older. The museum is recommended for ages 7 and under. 


To learn more about The Woodlands Children’s Museum, its hours of operation and ways to support the nonprofit, visit or call 281-465-0955. The museum is always looking for sponsors or partners for events. Follow the museum’s Twitter handle @thewoodlandscm.


About The Woodlands Children’s Museum
The Woodlands Children’s Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, empowering and exciting children and their families in lifelong learning and discovery. The Museum also provides multi-ethnic and multicultural experiences encouraging children to celebrate and embrace cultural and global differences and strengthen common bonds. Year-round, hands-on activities – from reading and art to science and magic – are all intended to make a positive difference in the life of a child. The museum also offers free admission to military personnel and their families and is a proud member of the Blue Star Museums Program.





Attached photo courtesy of The Woodlands Children’s Museum.





During the entire month of May The Woodlands Children’s Museum will be accepting donated items to send to soldiers through the Operation Military Embrace program. Shown here promoting the event are, from left, The Woodlands Children’s Museum’s Courtney Coats Topini, Angela Colton, Ana Noe and Kasey Rogers; Dennis Bernhart with Operation Military Embrace; and Jim Carlton of Carlton, Hofferkamp & Jenks Wealth Management LLC.