Operation Hand-Warmer 2014 Campaign Launches as Afghanistan Endures Bitter Cold

Evans, GA (PRWEB) October 23, 2014

Amid forecasts of another bitterly cold Afghanistan winter and with an expanded geographical scope of service, CEO Larry Miller recently announced that the CSRA Home Connections Local Alliance Co-op Marketing Programs Operation Hand-Warmer 2014 is moving full speed ahead.

Caring corporate citizens and patriotic individuals will again make all the difference in the world to our men and women far away from home this winter, said Miller.

Both CENTURY 21 Larry Miller Realty offices (Evans and Thomson) will accept donations of materials during regular business hours. Donations will also be accepted in the lobby of Beasley Broadcast Group of Augusta during regular business hours. (Additional collection locations will be announced as the campaign progresses.) The drive runs through Dec. 9.

Operation Hand-Warmer is designed to supplement standard military-issue clothing and supplies, specifically for those who have to do hand-related tasks requiring dexterity in combat zones. Hand-warmers can be found at any sporting goods store, warehouse club (Sams or Costco), Wal-Mart, Academy Sports, Dicks Sporting Goods, Lowes, etc. The scope of needed items has expanded, as well as the areas around the world where American military personnel can use additional supplies. For complete details, visit the organization’s website at http://www.OperationHandwarmer.com.

CSRA Home Connections Special Ambassador and Operation Hand-Warmer co-founder Burt Sappenfield, owner of Majestic Floor Care, announced the official dates for this years drive during the CSRA Home Connections Networking Breakfast and Success Seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the brand-new WifeSaver Restaurant on North Leg in Augusta. Several CENTURY 21 Larry Miller Realty agents, staff members, and CSRA Home Connections Preferred Providers helped kick off this years event with donations of hand-warmers, toe-warmers, bubble gum, microwave meals, feminine hygiene materials, and other items the troops in Afghanistan and in other areas have specifically requested.

Sappenfield recounted stories of heartfelt testimonials from military men and women who have been the beneficiaries of over 30,000 hand-warmers and other needed supplies since the program launched in early 2012.

Its both humbling and rewarding when the commanding officer of the Night Stalkers [night-time helicopter combat crews in Afghanistan] reports that severe frostbite cases have dropped to zero since we started Operation Hand-Warmer, said Sappenfield. So we know were doing a good service for our troops.

Temperatures in the un-heated helicopters at an altitude of 10,000 feet can hit minus 20 degrees during Afghanistans harsh winter months. Hand-warmers, certain food items, and other selected supplies are a huge morale boost for troops stationed thousands of miles from home. Heres a partial list of materials, food items and other supplies specifically requested by the troops:

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