On Friday, June 12, the American Red Cross Gold Country Region, in partnership with KCRA/KQCA and the Roseville Automall, collected goods and supplies to put together in care packages for our military locally and abroad.
“Operation Care Package is a chance to give back to our servicemen and women as well as veterans, military families to express gratitude for their service,” said Kathleen Weis, CEO of the Red Cross Gold Country Region. “Providing simple things like snacks, basic toiletry items, and even socks offers critical support letting them know they are in our thoughts.”
Since there is a significant decrease of deployed military members this year, the focus of the drive was to send items to service members in the Far East (serving in Japan and South Korea) with a special request from the Stork’s Nest program in the Naval Hospital located in Yokosuka, Japan.
“Unlike civilian hospitals in the US, moms and babies don’t get many supplies from the hospital, including basics like diapers or personal hygiene items,” said Tobrin Hewitt, Services to the Armed Forces Manager at the Red Cross Gold Country Region. “On average, there are about 35 births per month at this Naval Hospital.”
Dozens of volunteers from our Chapter and partner organizations showed up as early as five in the morning to start picking up items delivered from our wonderful community members. Blue Star Moms, Marine Families and Military Families of Yolo gathered to help collect and sort items that Friday. The next day, they were able to put together in small boxes to send out to their loved ones who are stationed overseas.
In addition to the care packages, contributions will be distributed to local service organizations to help meet the needs of our service members and veterans throughout the greater Gold Country Region.
Special thanks to KCRA/KQCA for their time and constant promotion of this event which made this second annual event bigger and better than last year.
Check out the Operation Care Package picture gallery.