Arvest associates recently sent nearly $12,000 worth of care packages to 114 servicemembers overseas through its annual “Operation Care Package” initiative.

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The initiative began in 2020 by ArVets, an Arvest associate impact group that advocates for servicemembers, veterans and military family members of associates. Each year near the holidays, associates donate money to help pay for the contents and shipping of the packages to military members stationed across the globe.

“This is our passion project we do every year,” said Tina Keck, a manager with Arvest Risk Management and Chair of ArVets. “Our generous Arvest associates donate their money and time to buy items and pack and send the packages to our soldiers. It’s our way to thank them for their service while also providing them with items they might not be able to easily find while deployed.”

Items such as playing cards, hand warmers, socks, and non-perishable food items are sent via care packages. Also included are handwritten letters and cards from Arvest associates. Servicemembers are chosen through submissions from Arvest associates as well as working with a unit commander of a deployed unit who can supply a list of soldiers.