Through IBC Bank’s and H-E-B’s Operation Care Drop initiative, approximately 6,800 pounds of supplies and treats will reach nearly 14,000 of the nation’s servicemen and women in time for the holiday. Through this community-wide effort, 35 local IBC Bank branches and more than 180 branches throughout Texas and Oklahoma served as drop-off stations for care packages or C-rats—short for “civilian rations”—during the November donation drive. Operation Interdependence will help pack and ship the C-rats, which contain toiletries, treats and a personal letter. For some soldiers, this may be the only communication they will receive from home during the holidays.
“With Operation Care Drop, IBC Bank was able to come together and ‘do more’ for our brave military heroes that cannot be home to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. The collaborative effort by employees at both IBC and H-E-B will make the holidays a little brighter for our troops,” said IBC Chairman and CEO Dennis E. Nixon. “Our servicemen and women sacrifice to protect our freedoms, and we are humbled by the many members of the community who came together to help us prepare these tokens of admiration and respect.”
The OI program aims to provide each serviceman and woman with a C-rat during each month of their deployment. This holiday season, OI is running low on supplies, and the goods collected through Operation Care Drop will ensure the organization can continue to fulfill its mission.
“H-E-B is honored to partner with IBC Bank on this important initiative,” said Winell Herron, group vice president of public affairs at H-E-B. “Many H-E-B partners are currently fighting overseas, and it is in their spirit of honor and selfless giving that we embarked on Operation Care Drop to bring some of the comforts of home to our troops.”
For those interested in continuing to support OI, visit the organization’s Web site at www.oidelivers.org.