Helping Our Troops and First Responders With Operation We Care

    Operation We Care sends out over 2,000 care packages a year to the military and other first responders, and today we want to say thanks.

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    Today I’m sitting down with Jeff Merritt of Operation We Care at one of their care package packing events to learn about this wonderful organization and shed some light on what they contribute to our community.

    Operation We Care is a local, all-volunteer, nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the military and first responders such as the police and fire department. They host packing events like the one we’re at now twice a year—once in May and once in November.

    At each of these events, they pack and send care packages to the troops with the help of roughly 250 other volunteers. In November, they pack early enough so that troops will be able to receive their care packages by Christmas. In May, they pack and send packages to coordinate with Memorial Day.

    Jeff started Operation We Care roughly 10 years ago because he realized there was no care package effort in the area, so he gathered about 20 to 25 people one day and packed boxes for Christmas. Since then, their operation has only grown. Now, Operation We Care packs around 2,000 boxes a year. In between their two big events in May and November, they’ll pack in smaller numbers and send those package bundles out as needed.

    On behalf of our community, I want to thank Operation We Care.

    “We’re honored to do this,” Jeff says. “The men and women in law enforcement, the fire departments, and the military all put uniforms on every day not knowing if they’re going to come home at night, and they do that on behalf of us.”

    On behalf of our community, I want to thank Operation We Care. They touch a lot of lives and get a lot of people involved while doing so. One of the benefits of the Eastern Shore is how everybody rallies around community service, and they’ve taken that to the next level.

    If you’d like to know more about Operation We Care or are interested in volunteering for them, you can visit their website at

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