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Amica supports Operation Holiday Cheer for Rhode Island troops overseas

10/14/2011

LINCOLN, RI – Amica Insurance is proud to again sponsor Operation Holiday Cheer, which provides “'care packages” filled with food, toiletries and games for Rhode Island National Guard troops stationed overseas during the holidays.

Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts launched Operation Holiday Cheer 2011 last week. She was accompanied by corporate and community sponsors and members of the Rhode Island National Guard, including representatives from Amica, who’ve been sponsoring the program for the past eight years.

Roberts explained that the program relies on corporate sponsors and individual donations to buy supplies for 500 care packages and pay for postage. Volunteers assemble the packages and then they are sent to the troops in time for the holidays.

“'Holidays can be a time tough time for men and women stationed overseas,” Roberts said. “These care packages are the least we can do to show our thanks to the troops.”

“'In a small state like ours, many of us know someone serving in the military who won’t be home for the holidays,” said Patti Genovese, sponsorship specialist at Amica. “There is no better way to show our appreciation to the brave men and women who serve our country than to send them a little bit of homegrown cheer.”

Donated items will be accepted at the Armory of Mounted Commands, 1051 North Main Street in Providence on Nov. 12. One week later, on Nov. 19, volunteers will help assemble the care packages at the Armory.

Operation Holiday Cheer is also in need of cash donations to pay for postage costs. Donations can be sent to the American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter, attention Operation Holiday Cheer, 105 Gano St. Providence, RI, 02906.

For more information on volunteering, donating or becoming sponsor, visit the lieutenant governor’s website at http://www.ltgov.ri.gov/ohc.

OPERATION HOLIDAY CHEER 2011

Troops Wish List

  • powdered drink mix (Crystal Light, Gatorade, Del’s, Propel)
  • coffee syrup
  • beef jerky (no pork), Slim Jims
  • cookies (no homemade)
  • trail mix
  • sunflower seeds
  • hard candy, chewing gum (no chocolates)
  • shaving cream (no aerosol cans)
  • dental hygiene products
  • foot powder
  • deodorant (no aerosol cans)
  • sunscreen
  • hand sanitizer
  • moist towelettes, baby wipes
  • disposable razors
  • non-aerosol bug spray or wipes
  • DVDs (movie, TV series, sets – but no VHS)
  • music CDs (all types)
  • paperback books, crossword puzzle books, Sudoku
  • batteries: (AA & AAA)
  • calling cards, specifically AT&T prepaid international and military exchange prepaid calling cards
  • head lamps with head bands for reading at night
  • sunglasses
  • games, playing cards
  • baseballs, softballs and gloves (gloves do not have to be new)
  • white socks (no logo)

About Amica

Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, with corporate headquarters in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,100 people in 40 offices across the country.

CONTACT:Vince Burks, Corporate Communications, 50 Amica Way,

Lincoln, RI 02865-1155, 800-652-6422, ext. 24563

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