Operation Hand-Warmer 2013 is under way.
The CSRA Home Con-nections Local Alliance Co-Op Marketing Program’s annual handwarmer drive will run through Sept. 30.
The organization accepts monetary donations and handwarmers and other supplies to supplement the standard military-issued clothing and supplies deployed to Afghanistan. The supplies are sent to troops as the harsh Afghan winter approaches. The handwarmers are specifically for those soldiers who have to do hand-related tasks requiring dexterity in combat zones, including the Night Stalkers, nighttime helicopter combat crews.
Last year, the group collected and shipped more than 30,000 handwarmers to deployed troops.
Materials, food items and other supplies requested by troops include handwarmers, toewarmers, arm pouchers, pistachios, peanuts, almonds and other nuts, beef jerky, bubble gum, licorice, sunflower seeds, Cracker Jacks, hard candy, powdered drink mixes, microwave meals and chewing or pouch tobacco.
Donations can be dropped off at all area Wife Saver restaurants. Monetary donations can be dropped off at Georgia Bank and Trust branches.