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Gwinnett charity Operation One Voice to help military families in need

For decades, the Marines have helped kids in the community with Toys for Tots. But who helps the military families in need?

The Gwinnett-based charity Operation One Voice will once again help out the children of wounded or fallen Special Operations Forces parents, giving to make sure their Christmas is merry.

The non-profit’s Operation Saint Nick program will proivde $100 gift cards to parents of 362 children this holiday season.

“Christmas is a time for family and good cheer, but too often our Special Ops troops can’t be home with their families,” said Bill Stevens, the retired Gwinnett firefighter and Duluth police officer who founded Operation One Voice. “For Operation One Voice and the families that support this program, it is pretty simple; it is about the spirit of Christmas.”

In addition to its year-round work supporting the families of the fallen soldiers, airmen or sailors, Operation One Voice works directly with United States Special Operations Command’s Care Coalition on the holiday project. The Care Colation then coordinates for four special operations commands to identify the families in heed, a press release said.

The Care Coalition plans to deliver the $36,250.00 in Wal-Mart gift cards donated by Operation One Voice to the families.

“The very best Christmas gift these children and the children of all our military families could receive this Christmas morning is to find mom and dad under the Christmas tree,” the press release said. “But until that day happens, we will continue to stand in support of our Special Operations Forces families.”

To help out in the effort, contact Stevens at bill@operationonevoice.org.