A chance to remember the troops during the holidays

November 19, 2012 by  

The 10th annual Operation Holiday Cheer campaign kicked off on November 5. It is sponsored by the Rhode Island National Guard and the Family Assistance Center and its goal for this year is to send 350 care packages to troops who are posted overseas and will not be able to get home for the holidays. Items will be collected by local businesses and individuals and dropped off at the Warwick National Guard Armory on December 8 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Some of the items being sought include powdered drink mixes, cookies, deodorant, sunscreen, bug spray, ground coffee, telephone calling cards, and crossword puzzles. Personal cards and letters are also acceptable. Cash donations will be accepted by the American Red Cross and will cover the cost of postage.

Operation Holiday Cheer could be an excellent team-building exercise for many Warwick businesses, who may be able to work with local printing companies to create a certificate that can be given to those employees who participate. They could also hold a competition for employees where the person who donates the most money or the most items can be awarded prizes such as a day off or a gift card. However it is done, it will let those troops know that people at home are thinking about them and want them to have a happy holiday regardless of their location.

Groups must call 401-222-2371 before dropping off their materials and those who plan to donate a large amount can arrange to deliver their items before December 8.