Winston-Salem, N.C. (Oct.10) – - With two and a half months remaining before Operation North State begins to ship 1500 NCCARES Christmas Boxes to North Carolina’s deployed troops, the organization reports that it’s ahead of last year in funding but well behind in receiving the names of deployed troops to receive the gift boxes. The NCCARES Christmas boxes feature 40 North Carolina goodies and messages that are sent to NC’s deployed troops. The deployed troops do not have to be in harms-way to receive a gift box; he or she just will not be in the home-state this Christmas with their respective families and loved-ones. And, the gift boxes are FREE.
Terry Snyder, founder and chairman of the all-volunteer North Carolina based organization states that “the retail value of the project is $215,000. Our goal, now in our third Christmas season, is to drive all costs out of the boxes through financial and product donations. To date, we have reduced the overall retail cost of the project to $36,000. We are much further along this year in funding than last but there is still a ways to go”.
As for receiving names of recipients, the project is currently behind last year’s numbers. “We have confirmed only 550 names to date and a bulk of that total represents boxes to North Carolina National Guardsmen and women” Snyder said. Recipients’ names can be submitted at www.operationnorthstate.com or by contacting Operation North State at 336.764.5967.
Operation North State prides itself in naming the gift box project “NCCARES Christmas Box” They want to provide all North Carolinians (individuals, organizations, companies) the opportunity to get involved in the project and express their gratitude to North Carolina’s finest. “Due to the poor economy, a lot of families are unable to send gift boxes of this quality to their deployed loved ones. “The program, now in its third Christmas Season, is making a difference; the deployed troops and their respective families are most grateful for the generosity and support of ONS’ volunteers and supporters from around the state” Snyder said. Visit Facebook: Operation North State “Photos” to review the products, messages, packing parties and thank you notes associated with the project.
Contact Operation North State to offer your assistance; donations and volunteers are needed. Call 336.764.5967 or visit the website: www.operationnorthstate.com or Facebook: Operation North State.