The Community Foundation West Chester/Liberty, in conjunction with the Advisory Board of the Youth in Philanthropy Fund, will host the 10th Annual Operation Gratitude Gift Drive on Saturday, September 14th.
Community members are invited to participate by dropping off items at a UPS truck that will be located in the Voice of America Shopping Center at the corner of Tylersville and Cox roads. Items collected will be shipped to service men and women serving all over the world. The Foundation will also accept cash donations to buy additional items for the troops. Checks are to be made payable to The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty and note “troops.” For more information call the office at 874-5450.
Items needed include: DVDs, CDs, Batteries (all sizes), Computer Flash Drives and Webcams, Headsets (earpiece and microphone), Beanie Babies/Webkinz, Small Novelty Items, Disposable Cameras, Prepaid Phone Cards, Travel-Size Board Games, Handheld electronic games, Bandana Coolers/Cool-Ties, Mini-Battery-operated Fans, Hand and Foot Warmers, Single Serving Boxes of Cold Cereal; Individual Packets of Hot Cereal, Commercially wrapped, individual packets of Trail Mix, Beef Jerky, Nuts, Energy Bars, Sunflower Seeds, Candy Ready To Eat Tuna or Chicken Salad kits, Boxes of Girl Scout Cookies, Packets of Powdered Hot or Cold Beverages, commercially sealed Lip Balm, Roll-on deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, Individual packets of moist towelettes, Travel Size containers of Foot Powder, Socks, Screen Printed T-Shirts, Baseball Style Caps, Knit Hats and Gloves, Knit/Crochet Scarves; Neck Gators, Holiday Greeting Cards (blank), Unsealed personal cards and letters, Used Cell Phones, Video Games and Systems, IPODs, PDAs, Ink-jet Cartridges.
The gifts will arrive just in time for the holiday season. “Hopefully our gifts will provide comfort to the troops as they celebrate the holiday season away from their families.” said Melissa Benedict, President of The Community Foundation.
Thank you to UPS for providing a truck to transport the collected items.
For more information about YIP and Operation Gratitude, contact the Foundation office at (513)874-5450.