Holiday 4 Heroes is marking its 10th anniversary with a stronger commitment than ever to send holiday care packages to Cape Coral troops. This important outreach is the brainchild of Jonette Kessack, owner of the Sip & Send store on Santa Barbara Boulevard.
“We know how much the soldiers appreciate everything we are doing,” says Kessack.
“We expect to ship more than 1,000 care packages to bases where four Cape Coral service men and women have been deployed-places like Afghanistan and Iraq where basic, everyday living items are scarce.”
While the identities and exactly location of Cape Coral’s military personnel can’t be disclosed for security purposes, we can say that two of the soldiers are helicopter pilots, one is infantry and one is a medic.
The goal is to pack as many care packages as possible to be mailed out the Saturday following Thanksgiving. Kessack is working with volunteers, elementary and middle school students, the Junior ROTC program and local artist, Marie Dyer, who paints a banner for each of the bases where the soldiers are located. The banners will be filled with hundreds of signatures and personal messages.
How to Help
Bring supplies from the attached supply list or give donations to help pay for the nearly $18-thousand in estimated postage costs. Donations of cash or checks can be made through the Cape Coral Community Foundation (CCCF) or Sip & Send. Checks should be written to CCCF with H$H in the memo line.
Note the new Sip & Send location: 2135 Santa Barbara Blvd.
Click here to view the complete supply list.
The deadline for items to be packed is November 22.