Operation Mercer County Soldiers

Our Mission

To provide physical, emotional, and spiritual support for the brave soldiers of Mercer County who are being deployed to protect our nation’s interests overseas.

We will provide emotional support for the Mercer County soldiers through communication and by supporting their loved ones at home. We will provide spiritual support through prayer for our Mercer County soldiers.

The Service Member’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Grant a courageous heart, a quick mind and a serene spirit to those now in our Armed Forces, ready to offer their talents and if necessary their lives, for the cause of truth, justice, and liberty.

Keep them close to You in every way.

Make them always, even in these difficult circumstances, true witnesses for Your goodness, love, and compassion.

And finally, bring them safely back to their homes and families.


Overseas Packages

The following is a list of suggested items for packages send to service members overseas:


  • Nuts, Oreos, Little Debbie snacks
  • Individual packages of cereal, fruit
  • Non-refrigerated pudding
  • Hard candy, Gum
  • Cheese & Crackers
  • Little cans of Pringles
  • Seasonings
  • Canned food items
  • Freeze-dried coffee
  • Lemonade mix,
  • pre-sweetened Kool-Aid
  • Gatorade mix, Cocoa mix, Tea mix
  • Beef Jerkey

Personal Hygene

  • Body wash, Soap, Cocoa Butter
  • Sun block
  • Chapstick
  • Lotions
  • Baby Wipes, Hand Sanitizers
  • Kleenex, Toilet Paper
  • Razor Blades, Deodorant
  • Toothbrush, Toothpaste
  • Band-Aids
  • Eucalyptus Oil
  • Imodium
  • Non-Drowsy allergy pills
  • Anti-itch Cream
  • Bactine
  • Skin-So-Soft
  • Muscle Rub
  • Bug Repellant with Deet
  • Neosporin
  • Lots of Visine
  • Tums / Tylenol / Motrin
  • No aerosol cans


  • Paperback books, word puzzles, cards
  • Lots of socks
  • Neck coolers
  • Batteries
  • Hand tools
  • Sunglasses
  • Woolite
  • Dryer Fabric Softener sheets
  • Zip-lock bags
  • Sewing kit
  • Markers, papers, pens, envelopes
  • No religious, war, pornography, political

Notes of Interest

Prepaid Phone Card

Have soldier call Customer Service number on card, hit “0” (may ask for PIN); tell rep he/she is calling from Iraq/Afghanistan on a military base or camp; they will make the call for him/her. Otherwise it’s an 18:1 ratio!

Helpful Website

Website for mailing instructions and other info: www.anysoldier.com

Creative Memory Workshop/Class

To help put your soldier’s “While You Were Away” album, contact CM consultant Cheryl Brown at 582-7781.

Send Us Your Announcements

Email OMCS announcements to john@wrmj.com. You may also send the information to:

Operation Mercer County Soldiers
WRMJ Radio
PO Box 187
Aledo, IL 61231-0187

Please include your phone number so we may reach you if we have questions.

Contact Information

Questions? Contact …

  • Rick or Lori – 582-2386
  • Jack or Kathy – 582-5850
  • Gary or Terri – 586-4361
  • John & Sherry – 582-4331