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USO of Northern Ohio


When you are far away from home, it’s common to 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 to make the holiday season bright for service members and their families — for both American soldiers stationed abroad and those returning home from deployment.

Firelands Electric Co-op is proud to 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. 15, the co-op will serve as a donation location for the USO.

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

Care package items can be dropped off until Friday, Dec. 15, at Firelands Electric Co-op’s office in New London during regular business hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


  • Donation Items:  The USO will be assembling care packages for military families which contain items such as toiletry items, snacks, canned goods, drink mix, puzzle books, and playing cards.
  • Baby Sea Bags:  These comfort bags are provided to military families who have recently added a new member. Volunteers sew the bags, make blankets, and provide baby items like diapers, bottles, fluffy toys, and other items for the new bundle of joy.

Donation items can be dropped off at Firelands Electric’s office location in New London, Nov. 11 through Dec. 15, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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. For more information visit the USO website,, or their Facebook page at


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