The Vinson Hall Retirement Community is partnering with Troop Treats to host an Operation Santa’s Little Helpers packaging event next Monday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Vinson Hall, located at 6251 Old Dominion Dr., McLean.
Volunteers from Vinson Hall and Troop Treats organizers will be packing 200 holiday care packages containing thank-you notes along with small items such as sewing kits, coffee packs, playing cards, Slinkies, stress balls and jump ropes, to be shipped to the men and women aboard the USS Carl Vinson.
The USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft carrier which shares the namesake of the McLean retirement community for military veterans, is one of the newest recipients of the Troop Treat’s stocking care packages. The Vinson Hall Retirement community volunteered to stuff stockings for those aboard the ship to demonstrate their support for military veterans who are still serving.
“Our community has a rich history of military service and we are excited to give back to those who are serving today,” said Director of Development at Vinson Hall Retirement Community Paula Manczuk.
Vinson Hall and Troop Treats want to raise $400 in addition to stuffing the 200 stockings. Donations can be made through PayPal at trooptreats.com, on Troop Treats’ Facebook page or by mail at Troop Treats, P.O. Box 3862, McLean, Va. 22102. Last year, Troop Treats volunteers packed over 32,000 care packages for deployed service men and women.