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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Spread the Warmth Coat Drive

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

Amy’s Attic Self Storage and Operation Phantom Support is asking citizens to join in on their mission to spread warmth this winter season by donating a gently used or new coat, hat, gloves or other winter accessories. A donation can help make a positive difference in the life of someone in the community, the businesses hope.

Operation Phantom Support is a non-profit organization that caters to Active Duty, Honorable Veteran and First Responders and their families. They provide soldiers, honorably discharged veterans and first responders assistance with day to day support in their time of need.

OPS is the vision of its founder, retired Sergeant First Class John Valentine. Having spent his first 18 years as a dependent, and his adulthood in the Army, he has a unique perspective of the challenges faced by those who dedicate their lives to serving our country. Once retired, and given the opportunity to create a non-profit that could help those serving and those who served honorably, he has developed and continues to grow OPS with a variety programs to serve those in need.

One of the first hurdles he knew the nonprofit would face is the pride of our active and veteran communities. With that in mind he developed a way every soldier or veteran can be involved with helping each other. OPS ask soldiers and veterans along with civilians who support them to donate $20 a month.  The donations are then used to maintain the programs, so in effect we are all helping each other. The creation of new programs is vital in addressing the needs of soldiers whether they are young and still serving or veterans who are aging.

Donations can be given to OPS’ Killeen location, 315 E Avenue C during business hours, or to Amy’s Attic Self Storage locations in Killeen, Harker Heights, or Copperas Cove.

For additional information, call 254 247 9629.

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