Welcome kits help during quarantine

Contents of gift bags prepared for newcomers by the Stuttgart USO. Photo by Geoffrey Morris, Stuttgart Citizen volunteer.

By Geoffrey Morris
Stuttgart Citizen volunteer

The USO is working in partnership with Army Community Service, the American Red Cross, and Service Credit Union to provide 200 welcome kits to newcomers in the Stuttgart military community.

These kits come with a variety of goods that will not only make the time in quarantine easier but help with adjusting to life in Germany. Each individual kit features snacks like cookies and pretzels, American-style instant coffee, maps of the bases and the surrounding community, train instructions, and much more.

Toys and goods tailored to children’s ages, “like coloring books or decks of cards,” are also included, said Ryann Hangsleben, USO Center operations manager.

These kits are available upon request through the USO, and may be picked up by the service member’s sponsor or by delivery on Mondays and Thursdays.