Blue Jackets hold personal item drive for military appreciation night

Fans who donate items will personal care items for the military receive a voucher redeemable for a pair of tickets to select Blue Jackets games in February or March for military. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Thursday marks Military Appreciation Night for the Columbus Blue Jackets as they face off with the Dallas Stars at Nationwide Arena.

As part of the special night, the team will host more than 1,000 military members and their families representing the USO of Central & Southern Ohio, Fallen 15 and the 121st Air Refueling Wing, among others.

You can show your support, by participating in the collection of Personal Care Items and snacks for military personnel at the arena. Fans who donate items will receive a voucher redeemable for a pair of tickets to select Blue Jackets games in February or March. Items will be accepted by USO volunteers on the Front St. and McConnell Blvd. plazas outside arena entrances. Those items include:

  • Chapstick
  • Floss
  • Gum
  • Mints
  • Jerky
  • Trail mix
  • Candy Bars
  • Snack crackers
  • Breakfast/snack bars
  • Microwaveable individual items such as mac and cheese
  • Travel size baby wipes
  • Energy drinks
  • Individual packs of Tuna
  • Full size candy bars
  • Individual small packs of Peanut Butter
  • Granola bars
  • Individual bags of chips/cookies/snacks
  • Pop up containers of Clorox disinfecting wipes
  • Empty 3oz bottles
  • 3oz shampoos
  • 3oz shaving creams
  • 3oz toothpaste

“All of the items collected are used to stock our lounges at MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Stations), as well as the airports in Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati,” said Sherry Ems, Executive Director for the USO of Central & Southern Ohio. “They also will be at our Wright-Patterson Air Force Base USO center as well. Our military members can come into our lounges in our centers and get these items free of charge.”

Other highlights of Military Appreciation Night include:

- Camouflage Jerseys During Warmups: Blue Jackets players will wear camouflage-style jerseys during pregame warmups. The complete set of authentic worn jerseys will be individually autographed by players with select jerseys up for charitable auction and others available through a raffle. Fans can text CBJAUCTION to 52182 or visit to participate. Raffle tickets, priced at $10, can also be purchased in-arena.

- USO Show Troupe & Army Reserve Band Performances: The USO Show Troupe, which entertains approximately 600,000 service members and their families worldwide each year, will perform the national anthem to start the game and entertain fans on the concourse pregame. In addition, the Army Reserve Band, based in Whitehall, will perform on the concourse during pregame and intermissions

- Ohio Warriors Sled Hockey: This team comprised of disabled veterans will take the ice at first intermission followed by presentation of a special proclamation.

For more information on Military Appreciation Night, click here.

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