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The 19th Annual Operation Holiday Cheer kickoff will take place TODAY at 10am at the RI State House, State Room.
Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos will be joined by Governor Dan McKee, Senator Jack Reed, Major General Christopher Callahan, Rhode Island Blue Star Moms, and business leaders to announce the 19th Annual Operation Holiday Cheer.
This annual event, started by former Lieutenant Governor Charles Fogarty, calls for volunteers and business leaders to help send a piece of home to our Rhode Island military personnel who will be serving out of state or overseas this holiday season.
As always, we need family members and friends to provide their loved one’s name and address to ensure that we include all Rhode Islanders serving during this time. Please send them to Grace Sneesby in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor at 401-222-2731 or email@example.com.
Our Blue Star Moms need specific items to fill the boxes for our active military personnel. A complete list of items requested and quantities needed can be found here: https://bit.ly/RIOHC21
Due to the ongoing pandemic, all monies raised will go towards the RI Military Relief Fund, which helps active Rhode Island service members in all branches of the United States military: Rhode Island National Guard, Air Force and Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, Army and Army Reserve, Army National Guard, Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve, Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve, Navy and Navy Reserve, and Space Force.
Partners in the campaign are the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Red Cross; Rhode Island Blue Star Moms, Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association 9-1, Rhode Island Military Family Programs, and the United States Postal Service.
Corporate Sponsors include Amica Mutual Insurance; Adler, Pollock & Sheehan P.C.; The Home Depot (Coventry); Duffy & Shanley; Saddlebags for Soldiers; Finlay Extracts & Ingredients; and Navigant Credit Union.
Participating at the kickoff event will be:
Governor Dan McKee
Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos
Senator Jack Reed
Representative Camille Vella-Wilkinson
Major General Christopher Callahan, Rhode Island National Guard
Mayor Ken Hopkins, City of Cranston
Mary Grace Marceau, President, Rhode Island Blue Star Moms
CPT Erik Wallin, Esq., Executive Director of Operation Stand Down RI
Director Kasim Yarn, Office of Veterans Affairs for the State of Rhode Island
LTC Sharon Harmon, State Family Program Director, RI National Guard
Jeanne Jackson, Rhode Island Postmaster General
Susan Roberts, Director of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Red Cross
Beth Healy, Sr. Director of Military and Intl. Services, American Red Cross
The group is also seeking cash donations.
Please make checks out to the Operation Stand Down with Rhode Island Military Relief Fund in the memo line.
Checks can be mailed to:Office of Lt. Governor Sabina Matosc/o Katia LugoRI State House82 Smith Street, Room 116Providence, RI 02903
For moere information on the Rhode Island Military Relief Fund, go to: https://ltgov.ri.gov/initiatives/ri-military-family-relief-fund
For more information about RI Blue Star Moms, go to: www.ribluestarmoms.com
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