What is Operation SEND Christmas

WHAT IS OPERATION S.E.N.D. CHRISTMAS ??

NOV 7, 2016

If you have attended this event before, you already know how much fun it is! If you haven’t, then you may be wondering what to expect. Operation SEND is what we call our care package assemblies because we Send Encouragement to our Nation’s Deployed.

OPERATION S.E.N.D. CHRISTMAS is just one of the projects that MILITARY MISSIONS undertakes each year, and it is definitely one of the biggest!… so big that we must use a location that will accommodate hundreds. As a matter of fact, we are predicting this year to be the largest yet!

There will be several activity tables so be sure to make it around to all of them. Also, be sure to stick around for the group “SHOUT OUT TO THE TROOPS”. It happens around 7pm. If you know someone who is currently deployed, feel free to make a poster board sign to hold up during the shout out. These shout outs will be recorded and emailed to the troops so they can hear and see how much love and support we are sending their way.

REGISTRATION – When you enter the building, please make your way to the registration tables. If you plan to make a monetary donation, please do so at this table. This year we are having a “Branch Challenge” to see which branch of the military gets the most designated donations. We will have a board on display to show which branch is “winning”. We all know that the rivalry between branches is FIERCE! So be sure to support your favorite! You can pre-register online and then you will only need to check in at the registration table.

DONATIONS – If you have care package items to donate, please bring them to this table. When entering through the front doors, it should be directly in front of you.

INFORMATION – If you have questions or would like to become a volunteer, please visit the info table. You can also sign up to receive our email newsletter here. If you know someone who is currently deployed and would like to receive a care package, please visit this table and add their name to our list. You will need their name, full address, and estimated return date.

ADOPT A HERO – If you have adopted a hero from our website, you can drop your hero’s box off at this table. It’s not too late to adopt! We will have some names available to pick from.

CARD WRITING TABLES – The kids will be allowed to create their own cards by drawing pictures and using a few stickers. The troops REALLY love getting the cards they make. The adults can write a special thank you note to the troops and let them know how much they are appreciated. If you have extra craft supplies like construction paper or stickers (patriotic or Christmas) that you would like to donate, please bring them along!

GIFT WRAPPING TABLES – We wrap some of the care package items with Christmas wrapping paper.

GOODIE BAGS – Shampoo, Personal Care, Candy, Snacks, and Drinks – At these tables, we will be filling Ziploc bags to be included in the care packages.

VETERAN BAGS – At this table, we will be filling several hundred appreciation bags that will be handed out to veterans at local VA facilities. This was a new event last year and it was a very popular station!

THANK YOU BANNERS – Large sheets of paper will be taped on the wall for you to draw or write on. These will then be placed into unit boxes and delivered to an entire unit of troops.

GENERAL STORE – We will have t-shirts and a few other items available for purchase. We accept cash, checks, or credit cards.

PHOTO BOOTH – Write a message to the troops and take a pic with your friends or family. We will be sharing these on our webpage so deployed men & women will be able to see how much they are appreciated.

We hope you will thoroughly enjoy your evening at our Operation S.E.N.D. Christmas care package assembly. None of this would be possible without YOUR help and support so we want to say THANKS to each and every one of you. Look forward to seeing you there!! You can REGISTER here.

If you still have questions about the event, please feel free to call or text  (859) 221-9477

Email us at info@military-missions.org  or  webmaster@military-missions.org

YOU can make a difference in the life of an American hero!

Care Package Assembly Night

Operation Send Christmas logoWe have scheduled a care package assembly event for December 1, 2015. This will be at our office on Boston Rd in Lexington, KY.

Since space is limited be register by going to www.military-missions.org/events/opsend

If you have general questions, please email info@military-missions.org or call or text 859-221-9477

 

OPSEND Christmas is almost here!!

OPSEND ornament

Monday, November 2, 2015 – 6:00 to 8:00 PM

(Click to register)

Kentucky National Guard Armory

4301 Airport Rd., Lexington, KY

We are about a week away from our BIGGEST care package assembly of the YEAR!! If you have never attended this event, then you don’t know what you’re missing! We will be packaging THOUSANDS of items, within a couple hours, to send to our deployed troops. We need YOUR help to make this event a success.

On Christmas Day, our troops will not be gathered around the tree at home with family and friends. Instead, they will be standing watch over each of us, protecting us from harm and defending our liberties. Each one is a parent, a sibling, a child, a spouse, a friend, and an American. We need to send them encouragement as well as our thanks.

Maybe you’re wondering… HOW CAN I HELP?

First of all, POSTAGE money is always needed! Even if we have shelves full of stuff to send, we can’t send anything if we have no money to pay the shipping. Many people think we can ship care packages for free… but that is not the case. It’s costs an average of $10 per box for postage. Our goal for Operation SEND Christmas is to ship around 3,000 packages… you can do the math! So… with that being said, monetary donations are ALWAYS GREATLY APPRECIATED!!  (Click here to donate.)

We depend upon donated items to fill the care packages. These items include personal care items, drink mixes, snacks, candy, puzzle books, and of course cards & letters. We also need quart size bags to put these items in. You can view our list of suggested items to donate HERE. You can bring items to the armory that night or bring them by our office during business hours.

In order to make Operation S.E.N.D. Christmas a success, we depend upon help from schools, churches, organizations, businesses, and individuals from all over the USA. We would love for YOU to also be involved! If you can attend, please register HERE.  If you cannot attend, consider making a donation, either care package items or monetary. Even if you cannot afford to make a donation, spread the word with your friends and family.

If you listen to the news reports, we are made to believe that our troops have returned home. However, we have MORE names on our care package list now than we EVER have. We can’t let them down! Help us send a package to each and every name on the list!

Thank you for partnering with Military Missions to support our troops!

Help Needed for Christmas Packages

ITEMS NEEDEDTwas three weeks before OPSEND… with volunteers in a flurry.   Care package items are needed… and needed in a hurry!  

Things are really buzzing around the Military Missions office as everyone is preparing for the largest care package assembly of the year, Operation S.E.N.D. Christmas (OPSEND). We expect this to be the largest one yet! If you are in the Lexington area, we hope you will be able to come out and participate as we wrap items and assemble baggies for the 100’s on care packages that will be heading overseas to our deployed men & women. Our list of names has continued to grow this year, despite the news reports that our troops have come home.

We are in need of several items to make sure we can send a Christmas package to every name on our list. If you would like to donate some of these items, it would be GREATLY appreciated, and remember your donation is tax deductible. You can drop the items by our office or ship them to us at 3650 Boston Rd, Lexington Ky 40514. Items are needed before Oct. 30th if possible.

ITEMS CURRENTLY NEEDED THE MOST

Puzzle books (about 5×7″)

Hard candy (individually wrapped) such as butterscotch, peppermint, Jolly Ranchers

Beef sticks such as Slim Jims (short ones around 5″ fit best in baggies)

Quart size baggies

We will continue to post updates to our website and facebook page as OPSEND draws near, so please check back often! Also, if you plan to attend OPSEND, please click here to register.

Click here to view our full list of suggested items to donate.

Thank YOU for helping make 2014 a success!

Once again, Operation SEND Christmas was a success! All the care packages have been shipped and we have received a few thank you notes already. It is so heart warming to read the letters. It is very clear that receiving a care package makes their day a little better!

 

Over 1,100 care packages were shipped during Operation SEND Christmas. That brings the total number of boxes shipped during 2014 to approximately 5,000! This year we were able to send Buddy Boxes to each person on our list. They were encouraged to pass it along to someone that might not receive any care packages otherwise. 

 

During the past year, boxes have been sent to troops deployed in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Africa, Bahrain, Iraq, Qatar, Kosovo, Liberia, and also to many ships that are positioned in the Middle East.

 

We want to thank anyone and everyone who was involved in any way. None of this would be possible without YOU!  While our list of deployed Heroes continues to grow, so does our passion and determination to assure that every single one of them receives a care package.

 

Thank you for partnering with Military Missions, Inc. to support and encourage those that ensure freedoms known only to Americans.  We hope you will help us make 2015 even better!

Operation S.E.N.D. Christmas

LEXINGTON’S ANNUAL COMMUNITY

CARE PACKAGE ASSEMBLY

OPERATION S.E.N.D. CHRISTMAS

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Monday, November 3, 2014

Kentucky National Guard Armory

4301 Airport Rd. – Lexington

HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE?

PLEASE REGISTER IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE EVENT!

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BRING CARE PACKAGE DONATIONS

Help fill hundreds of care packages being sent to our

deployed troops who will not be home for the holidays.

DONATION SUGGESTION LIST

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DONATE FUNDS FOR POSTAGE

Make a Tax Deductible Donation to Cover Postage Costs

Suggested Minimum Donation: $10

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ADOPT A HERO

Send some Christmas cheer to the Hero of your choice

by shopping for and assembling a care package

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QUESTIONS? Contact us

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YOU

can make a difference in the life

of an American hero!