Operation Guardian Angel Brings Jefferson City Together

3 years 3 months 3 weeks ago October 17, 2012 Oct 17, 2012 Wednesday, October 17 2012 Wednesday, October 17, 2012 6:49:00 PM CDT in News
By: Hailee Hopkins

JEFFERSON CITY - The Operation Guardian Angel project kicked off Wednesday night guest speakers and a performance from the Jefferson City High School Marching Band.

 

Over the next several weeks, volunteers will collect donations at area businesses to send to Marines and sailors on the USS Green Bay. Vietnam veteran Don Hentges, who currently serves as the President of the Jefferson City Veterans Council made the event possible. Hentges says he knows from personal experience the importance of receiving a care package from home.

 

Neil Smith, a volunteer, said the project plans to send the care packages overseas just in time for Christmas. Smith says about 1,160 care packages will sent.

 

The USS Green Bay was chosen because several men are aboard who saved Jefferson City resident and Marine Tyler Huffman’s life. Huffman was injured in battle, and is now paralyzed. 

 

Boxes for donations stand at area businesses, including grocery stores and car dealerships. Smith says when he delivered the boxes, business owners and customers welcomed them warmly.

 

“You go in there with this box, and people are smiling,” Smith said. “They’re happy, and they know what it’s for.”

 

To send the packages in time for Christmas, Smith said donations will be accepted through Nov. 15. 

 

Items requested include batteries, snacks and paperback books, all of which were piled on tables in the Coca Cola factory Wednesday. Volunteers will be sorting through donations over the next several weeks, and then the project will begin the process of shipping the boxes overseas.

 

In addition, Smith said area middle school students are writing personal letters to the Marines and sailors aboard the USS Green Bay.

 

Created with flickr slideshow.

 

 

More News

Grid
List
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are considering a measure that's part of a growing national movement aimed at forcing... More >>
1 hour ago February 14, 2016 Feb 14, 2016 Sunday, February 14 2016 Sunday, February 14, 2016 9:05:56 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police say a man has been hospitalized with life threatening injuries after a car hit him at... More >>
2 hours ago February 14, 2016 Feb 14, 2016 Sunday, February 14 2016 Sunday, February 14, 2016 8:46:00 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - All different vendors rented spaces at Capital Mall Trade Days on Saturday. Home baked goods, fashion... More >>
15 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 7:43:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A home in North Columbia was damaged Saturday after a bedroom caught fire. Fire crews were called... More >>
16 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 6:48:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and Missouri Republican Party Chairman John Hancock released statements Saturday on the passing of... More >>
16 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 6:25:00 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis wants to win a $50 million challenge aimed at improving transportation. The city... More >>
17 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 5:56:00 PM CST in News
ST. CHARLES (AP) — A St. Charles County man has admitted in federal court that he sold the heroin that... More >>
17 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 5:51:00 PM CST in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY – Friends of Responsible Agriculture filed a motion for what they said is "another Sunshine Law violation against... More >>
18 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 4:10:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Senate made moves this week to fight back against the number one killer of Americans.... More >>
18 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 4:08:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A University of Missouri researcher has determined that high-impact resistance training in adolescence and young-adulthood increases bone mass... More >>
19 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 3:44:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City woman who worked as a teacher and lived on a pension left $2... More >>
23 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 11:33:39 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — University of Missouri officials say they're looking into whether a graduate student employee union would be legal.... More >>
23 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 11:04:08 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A report on U.S. import and export prices reveals the price of agricultural exports has declined for the... More >>
1 day ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 2:42:00 AM CST in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - Mid County Fire Protection District responded to a residential fire southeast of Camdenton late Friday afternoon. ... More >>
1 day ago February 12, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Friday, February 12 2016 Friday, February 12, 2016 8:06:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Business Loop 70 Community Improvement District, or CID, has applications open for residents, business owners or registered... More >>
1 day ago February 12, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Friday, February 12 2016 Friday, February 12, 2016 7:09:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, announced additional disaster assistance for renters in Missouri affected by... More >>
1 day ago February 12, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Friday, February 12 2016 Friday, February 12, 2016 6:06:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A man is recovering Friday after he jumped into a frozen lake to save the life of his... More >>
1 day ago February 12, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Friday, February 12 2016 Friday, February 12, 2016 4:33:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City has created a plan in the city budget to tear down about 800 vacant... More >>
1 day ago February 12, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Friday, February 12 2016 Friday, February 12, 2016 4:32:00 PM CST in News
Interactive Radar Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 25°
11am 26°
12pm 29°
1pm 32°
2pm 36°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

10:30 am
Paid Program
11:00 am
Open House
11:30 am
More Than Gold: Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympics
10:30 am
In Search of the Lord's Way
11:00 am
Paid Program
11:30 am
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00 pm
Saturday Night Live
8:00 pm
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
7:00 pm
It Could Happen to You
9:00 pm
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30 pm
Cougar Town