Dear Readers: Readers write all the time about what to do with the SMALL TOILETRIES that accumulate when traveling. One hotel stay can yield shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, small packaged soaps, hand lotion, a package or two of coffee, sweeteners and even notepads and pens.

There is a wonderful organization that will be so happy to have the unused, unopened complimentary items. They will be boxed up and sent to our troops overseas. Operation: Care and Comfort collects lots of different items, but one of them is the toiletries. This is a perfect way to pass on these needed items to our troops, especially those overseas. Ask family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and others to save the toiletries for this heartwarming and helpful project. In no time at all, you will have a box full of items ready to go!

They also accept new greeting cards (any occasion) and stickers.

Send the donated items to: Operation: Care and Comfort, 2392 Walden Square, San Jose, CA 95124. If you have more questions, you can visit the Web site at, or call 408-373-8635. Please cut this out and put it on your refrigerator or post it at work, and take the time to send some items to a soldier! -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I rubbed lotion on my hands before putting on disposable gloves to clean my kitchen and wash dishes. The hot water ‘conditioned’ my hands while I worked. Taking the gloves off, I enjoyed a neat kitchen and soft hands! -- Kathy McGovern, Lewes, Del.


Dear Heloise: I read the hint about returning vases to the florist — excellent idea. When I give a bouquet, I use a vase that I got with a floral gift.

I put in flowers without water, so all the hostess has to do is add water, and the flowers are on display. -- Kathryn in Warren, N.J.


Dear Heloise: I have a black sport utility vehicle that looks like a lot of other vehicles. To find it in a parking lot, I have attached a large sunflower to the antenna that sticks out from the back of the hatch. It’s easy to spot. -- Laura Franklin in Houston

The longtime Heloise hint is to do something similar using a bright-colored tennis ball. Funny story: When this was first printed in the 1960s, within a few days you could not walk out of a grocery store without at least every other vehicle having a tennis ball on its antenna. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: We recently moved, and being tech-challenged, I decided to use my cellphone to take a picture of my TV/cable-box hookups before disconnecting and packing up. It made setting everything up in a new location a breeze. -- A Reader, via e-mail

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Please include your city and state.

, King Features Syndicate