Saluting Our Heroes: Operation Handwarmer begins to benefit overseas soldiers

Tuesday, November 22nd 2022, 11:29 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) - Freedom is never free. We are fortunate to have soldiers putting their lives on the line everyday. While Uncle Sam supplies what they need for the most part, there are some things that can make their time overseas a little easier. That's where Operation Handwarmer comes in. 

This effort consists of packing goods with love and music to remind soldiers of home. 

"...A ton of candy and beef jerky and even feminine hygiene items, just whatever we think a soldier might need in the field that might not be readily available," said Larry Miller, Century 21 Larry Miller Realty Broker.

"Stevens Creek Elementary every year does a Christmas chorus sing-along that we record and send over there in the boxes that we ship to the troops to wish them a Merry Christmas and kind of boost the morale.” said Dawn Sanders, Century 21 Larry Miller Realty Marketing & Communications Director.

Through Operation Handwarmer, soldiers overseas get support from our community during the holidays, not only through supplies, but also through caring hearts.

"I’m thankful they’re over there keeping my little people safe. So, I appreciate everything they do.” said Sanders.

"If we can make their lives a little easier while they’re defending us, that feels pretty good.” said Miller.

"It's hard. It's hard to leave your family and leave you know, everything behind. I left my two daughters and my husband and it's also you know that you're doing it for a good reason." said Cpt. Rebecca Harr, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence Public Affairs Deputy Chief.

Cpt. Harr says receiving a package made a difference.

"Even things as simple as beef jerky or you know some of your favorite chips from back home, really just lifted everyone's spirits." said Cpt. Harr.

She hopes others will do the same for our soldiers overseas now. 

"Those care packages really fill a void that they feel. It just...reminds us we're not forgotten." said Cpt. Harr.

"Just realize how you feel safe at night, let’s help those folks who are keeping us that way." said Miller.

Fox54 salutes our heroes overseas everyday, especially this holiday season.

Donations are being accepted now through December 13th. Below is a list of acceptable items:

  • Handwarmers
  • Sock caps (black)
  • Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
  • Bath Towels (white or brown)
  • Nuts (peanuts, cashews, almonds, etc)
  • Crossword Puzzles, cards, etc.
  • Beef Jerky
  • Protein Bars
  • Small fleece blankets (camo and dark colors)
  • Snickers Bars
  • Foil package StarKist Tuna

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