Nov. 11 is the deadline for donating items to the Charity Sew Day Christmas stockings project for area service men and women.

  Items that are being sought for donation are paper items (word search books, playing cards, stationery, postage stamps, pens, etc.); hygiene items (shampoo, body wash, deodorant, toothpaste, lotion, disposable razors, etc.); and food items (hard candy, licorice, beef jerky, cocoa packets, soup packets, etc. Please avoid chocolate since it can melt.)

  Collection boxes for donated items have been placed at Green Belt Bank, First State Bank, and Fareway.

  Monetary donations are also accepted to help cover the cost of mailing. Monetary donations may be dropped off at either bank.

  If you know of an active service man or woman from the area, please share the address with Marcia Burt at 515-571-3129 by Monday, as well.