Operation Desert Smile, a charitable organization, is sending funny hats, coffee mugs and joke books to U.S. servicemen and women in the gulf war.

The group has loaded more than 600 comedy items on a truck Tuesday, which will take them to a collection center at Tracy, Calif. The Defense Department has promised to fly them from there to the gulf area.Director Alan Cranis said the shipment includes comedy video and audio tapes, some made for the organization by the Second City group of Chicago. Comedian Tom Dreesen gave 200 of his tapes to the organization, Cranis said.