This is in response to Jimmy Schrader's letter to the editor on Nov. 26.
Though you may have a great idea of having a 12-hour drop-off zone so every member of the city of Lodi could drop off supplies or entertainment items for the troops, you are leaving out several important details. Who will be packing the boxes? Who will be paying for the shipping? Who will be doing the declaration forms and labels? Who will the boxes be sent to?
I know how extremely generous the residents of Lodi are when it comes to our troops, so this could be a huge project. Having just sent 650 boxes to the troops in the Middle East, I am well aware of all the hours and money needed to get the job done correctly; and I'm not sure the taxpayers of Lodi are willing to pay salaries to do such a job, much less pay $8.95 per box to cover shipping.
You stated Travis Air Force Base will send items to the troops in bulk. I phoned Travis AFB to see if they would send the boxes free. Their reply was, "No, we don't do that."
If you know something I don't know so we can get free shipping next year, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would also like to thank the citizens of Lodi and the surrounding areas for their generosity and help in making it possible to send 650 boxes to the troops.