First Choice Emergency Room teams up with Operation Gratitude

Published 03/09/2015

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HOUSTON - Operation Gratitude, a non-profit that sends 100,000 care packages to troops each year is teaming up with First Choice Emergency Room to host a spring collection drive.

All 61 First Choice ER Facilities throughout Texas and Colorado to Serve as Operation Gratitude Neighborhood Drop Sites

Between March 20 and April 4 generous community members can stop by a First Choice Emergency Room in their local neighborhoods, including Bay Area locations, to drop off a variety of items and write personal letters that will be used to fill care packages and sent to individual soldiers, sailors, airman and marines deployed oversees; to their children left behind; and to veterans, new recruits, first responders, wounded warriors and their care givers.

Items needed most include Beanie Babies/Ty/Webkinz; warmers (instant hand and foot); batteries (AA,AAA,DL123A); carabiners; razors; chapstick; sanitizer; pens; dental floss; boot laces; combination lock; ear plugs; map pens/markers; whistle; and compass. Other items accepted include Altoid mints; beef jerkey; sodoku puzzles; decks of cards; OFF! Towelettes; trail mix; almonds; cereal bars, Emergen C; Starbucks VIA packs and wool socks.

'We are honored by First Choice Emergency Room’s support of our military community and Operation Gratitude's patriotic cause through this tremendous collection drive effort,” said Carolyn Blashek, Founder of Operation Gratitude. “We plan to assemble and ship more than 150,000 care packages this year alone. Your generous contribution will help fill those packages with meaningful items and letters. First Choice Emergency Room’s dedication and commitment to our service members is making a real difference!'

First Choice Emergency Room facilities will be clearly marked as Operation Gratitude drop sites with large military eagle inflatables, banners, wind flags and more. Furthermore, the facilities are open 24/7, making it even more convenient for generous community members to drop off their donations items to say “thank you” to our troops and veterans.