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USO of Northern Ohio


When you are far from home, you often miss it even more during the holiday season. This can be especially true for members of the military. United Service Organizations (USO) centers around the world work hard to make the holiday season bright for American service members and their families — both soldiers stationed abroad and those returning home from deployment.

Firelands Electric Cooperative is proud to once again join forces with local radio stations WLKR-FM and K96-FM to support the USO of Northern Ohio Step Up for Soldiers annual drive. Beginning on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, and running through Dec. 12, the co-op will serve as a donation location for the USO.

“This year marks our eleventh year collecting for the USO, and Firelands Electric is honored to once again support the brave men and women serving our country,” says Andrea Gravenhorst, director of member services and communications for the co-op. 

Donation items for care packages may be dropped off at Firelands Electric’s office located in New London from Nov. 11 through Dec. 12, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Items requested include toiletries, snacks, canned goods, and playing cards.

Click here for a complete, printable list of suggested donation items.

The USO of Northern Ohio touches the lives of nearly 45,000 Active Duty, Guard and Reserve military and their families throughout 29 counties. This is the 12th year for the USO of Northern Ohio's Step Up for Soldiers drive, and all donations will be packaged and distributed to soldiers and their families from throughout northern Ohio. If you know a local military family who could benefit from a care package, click here to print a request form.

For additional information visit the USO website,, or their Facebook page at


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