RAYMORE – Community Bank of Raymore is hosting its first “Operation: Gratitude” drive this year to collect items for U.S. Armed Forces who are deployed over the holiday season.
The main objective of the operation is to show a token of thanks to the men and women serving and sacrificing for our country, which becomes especially difficult during this time of year with limited communication and loved ones so far away.
“In this time of gratitude, we want to take a moment and show our appreciation for the brave men and women who sacrifice so much for our freedom. Ultimately, we strive to send a little bit of “home” to them since they cannot be here and to let them know they are being thought of in a heartfelt way. Whether you write a thank you note or donate packages of beef jerky, every little effort and thought can make a big impact,” said bank Vice President Tina Graef.
The community is invited to collectively join this effort by donating items that will be stuffed into stockings and/or write a note of thanks to be sent to military personnel. A thank you note station with a variety of stationary is available at each branch location.
Donated items will be accepted and should be dropped off by next Friday, Nov. 29, at any Community Bank branch location between the lobby hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, to help ensure timely delivery to the deployed service members.
Branch locations are: Raymore, 801 W. Foxwood Dr.; Peculiar, 300 State Route C; and Harrisonville, 1503 N. M-291 Highway.
Examples of suggested items to be included in the care packages are: granola bars, protein bars, peanut butter and/or cheese crackers, trail mix, gum, drink Mixes, body wash/shampoo (travel size), playing cards, lip balm, tuna in foil packets, mac and cheese cups, gummy type snacks, etc. Please, no home-baked items, aerosols or chocolate; and item size should be relative to fit into a stocking. For more information, please contact Shauna Stephenson at 816-265-6952.