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USO of Northern Ohio


It’s challenging to be far from home during the holiday season, especially for members of the military. Thousands of people in United Service Organizations (USO) centers around the globe work tirelessly to make the holiday season bright for American service members and their families — both those 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. 11, members of Firelands Electric and the community can bring care package items to the co-op office, located at 103 Industrial Drive in New London.

“This is the cooperative’s twelfth year collecting for the USO,” says Director of Member Services and Communications Andrea Gravenhorst. “Firelands Electric is honored to be a part of this annual campaign and to support the brave men and women serving our country.”

Items for care packages may be dropped off at Firelands Electric’s office located at 103 Industrial Drive, New London, from Nov. 11 through Dec. 11, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations requested include toiletries, snacks, canned goods, and games.

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

The USO of Northern Ohio serves active duty, guard, and reserve military and their families throughout 31 counties. This is the 13th 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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