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IBC Bank drops care packages to soldiers this August

By JJ VELASQUEZ
July 7, 2010 at 2:07 a.m.


Annette Alonzo said the Operation Care Drop program, which first reached the Crossroads three years ago, is riding on last year's success.

Alonzo is the vice president of marketing and sales for IBC Bank, which partnered with H-E-B for the initiative. The program enlists public donations of care packages to troops serving overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The program was accepting donations through July 4. There will be a loading party on July 17. In August, the care packages will begin reaching the troops, Alonzo said.

Q: What is Operation Care Drop?

A: Operation Care Drop is our latest and greatest success story for the Crossroads and IBC Bank.

It first started in McAllen. They needed some people to support it to make it a bigger drive in McAllen. (It was a) huge success.

The first year we collected more than 90 boxes, just our Crossroads area alone. Last year, we joined in with H-E-B. Nine tons of care packages were collected over the entire South Texas area. This year, we want to go even bigger, and these people always come through.

Q: What is the premise of it?

A: To support our troops while they're away from home. We've had letters from troops who have received our packages. Every one of those pre-made bags is going to have a card or letter letting them know what we're thinking of them while they're away from home.

Q: Has working on this project made you more appreciative of the service our troops provide?

A: That's always in the forefront of my mind. My brother was in Operation Desert Storm. When we see people dropping off care packages at IBC locations, they give us stories of being in the military themselves or a family member who is out there themselves.

Q: What inspired this project?

A: Banks are supposed to give back to their community. When something is happening in the community. We want IBC to be there.

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