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State looks to assemble holiday care packages for troops

Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee and the Rhode Island National Guard are launching a seasonal initiative to send care packages to Rhode Island troops this holiday season.

The 14th annual "Operation Holiday Cheer" kicks off tomorrow.

The goal is to ship hundreds of care packages to servicemen and women who are away from home during the holidays.

McKee works with the National Guard, businesses and community groups on the effort. They're gathering at the armory on Airport Road in Warwick Tuesday morning to mark the launching.

McKee's website has a "troops' wish list" with suggested donations and a link for monetary donations. Volunteers can sign up to assemble care packages.

Donations will be accepted and sorted at the Warwick Armory on Nov. 19. Care packages will be assembled the next day.

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