WARWICK — State officials and volunteers are working toward an ambitious goal of sending 500 care packages to service men and women from Rhode Island who will be away from home this holiday season.
Lt. Gov. Dan McKee announced the goal, which is part of the annual Operation Holiday Cheer effort, alongside state and local officials at the National Guard Armory in Warwick on Tuesday. Due to recent deployments of service members, McKee anticipates sending the highest number of packages in recent years.
“Operation Holiday Cheer brings our community together in a way that is difficult to describe until you have seen it firsthand,” McKee said. “Each year, I am honored to work alongside combat veterans, Blue Star Moms, Gold Star Moms, Boy Scouts, girl scouts, local businesses, school groups and so many others as we show support for our Rhode Island service members.”
Operation Holiday Cheer is a seasonal initiative to ship care packages to service men and women who are away from home during the holidays. Many of the items they receive are special reminders of Rhode Island. Contributions are collected from across the state, and dozens of volunteers help assemble the packages for shipment on a single weekend in November.
This year, donations of goods from the public will be accepted and sorted at the National Guard Armory, 541 Airport Road in Warwick, on Nov. 18 and 19.
Operation Holiday Cheer is organized by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor in partnership with the Rhode Island National Guard’s Family Assistance Center, the Office of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Postal Service Providence Branch and the Rhode Island chapter of the American Red Cross.
To see the troops’ Wish List, make a monetary donation, or volunteer, visit www.ltgov.ri.gov/ohc.