Operation Military Cheer brings holiday spirit to Kentucky National Guard families

Staff report

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Santa gets a little help from Kentucky National Guard Youth Program Coordinator Cindy Culver and some volunteers during last year’s Operation Military Cheer. More than 440 young people from military families received clothes, shoes, and toys donated by service members, veterans and community organizations. (Kentucky National Guard file photo)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Can you believe that it’s that time of year?  With the holidays right around the corner it’s time for all of us in the Kentucky National Guard family to reach out and help our fellow soldiers and airmen who may need assistance.

And what’s the most effective and direct way to do that?  Why, Operation Military Cheer, of course!

“Last year we were able to provide gifts consisting of clothes, shoes, and toys for over 440 youth in the Kentucky National Guard,” said Cindy Culver, State Youth Coordinator.   “This year we hope to provide for even more.”

“There is a great need for support out there,” said Linda Jones, State Youth Assistant Coordinator.  “With the help of each service member, Family Readiness Group, and especially our local communities, we can bring a lot of comfort to these military families that sacrifice so much of themselves for our country.”

Do you need assistance?

Are you or do you know a service member in need?  The FAC has applications that will help you get assistance in time for the holidays.   If you know someone who might need a little help, encourage them to fill one out.  Deadline for the application is December 5.

Helping a military family

You may also choose to adopt one of our military families.  Once you file an application the FAC will will contact you with the age, gender, sizes, and special interests of a child you can assist. Packages must be delivered to the Kentucky National Guard Child and Youth Services in Frankfort no later than December 12.

Click here for Operation Military Cheer 2011 applications

Operation Military Cheer 2014 Application

For more information contact Cindy Culver Cindy.culver@us.army.mil or Linda Jones Linda.jones15@us.army.mil.  You can also call them at 1-800-372-7601.

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