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Students supporting our troops
Charles Palmer, left, accepts donations for troops at Joshua Cowell School last year in memory of his son Cpl. Charles Palmer II who was killed in the Global War on Terror. - photo by Bulletin file photos

Joshua Cowell Elementary School is one of several drop-off points in the area supporting the Cpl. Charles O. Palmer II Memorial Troop Support Program.

On Friday, Sept. 11 – Patriot’s Day – donations for the troops will be accepted at the Manteca Unified site at 740 Pestana Ave. or Smog Tech (195 S. Union St., Manteca), Armor Up (2511 N. Tracy Blvd., Tracy), and Freedom Smog (830 Kansas Ave. C1).

Joshua Cowell will take in items beginning at 9 a.m.

Donations being sought include:

Correspondence items – Paper, pens, pocket-sized tablets, etc., small battery-operated fans, hand warmers and batteries.

Games, toys – Travel size cards, squirt guns, dice, water balloons, CDs and DVDs.

Feminine hygiene products – Tampons, pads, etc.

High protein snacks – Jerky, energy bars, etc. or candy / gum.

Seasoning / condiments – Sugar, salt, pepper, powdered creamers, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise packets.

Personal grooming items – nail clippers, lip balm, unscented wipes, combs, brushes, and disposal razors.

Hand towels, wash clothes, socks (black or white).

A 1989 graduate of Manteca High, Col. Palmer II was one of two Marines killed on May 5, 2007 when a roadside bomb exploded near their Humvee in the Iraq province of Al Anbar.

This was his second tour of duty.

His father and step mother, Chuck and Teri Palmer, attended a Patriot’s Day celebration last year at the school.

They’re being asked to come back.

“What a thrill it has been to be so honored by the school and to pack the many boxes for our troops,” said Chuck Palmer.

Money donations are also being accepted.

For more information, log on to or call the Palmers at 209.239.3088.