Operation Holiday Cheer underway in Warwick

(Danielle North/WPRI)

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) – Rhode Island’s annual Operation Holiday Cheer is in full swing, collecting gifts for Rhode Islanders in the military stationed abroad this holiday season.

Military personnel, volunteers and elected officials gathered at the Warwick Armory across the road from T.F. Green Airport for the first day of the weekend-spanning event: collecting and sorting donations from Rhode Islanders.

Those donations are being accepted until 1 p.m. and will be packaged for shipment Sunday morning. Organizers expect more than 400 packages to be shipped out to Rhode Islanders in uniform all over the world.

It is the 14th year that the Lt. Governor’s office has organized Operation Holiday Cheer, which is backed by dozens of Rhode Island businesses and organizations, including the R.I. Red Cross, the U.S. Postal Service, Rhode Island Blue Star Moms, and the R.I. Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.

Donations will be accepted Sunday; information on what’s being requested is available on the Lt. Governor’s website.