Stories tagged with: Operation Spirit

August 9, 2011 - 12:22pm
2 years 51 weeks ago

It's moving day at an organization helping the troops.

Seventeen young volunteers took time out of their busy summer schedules to help Operation Spirit pack up the contents of a house used for storage. This is the first step in moving to a new location on Linden Avenue.

"The kids are awesome. They really are," exclaimed Melodie Pittman of operation spirit. "They are always willing to go above and beyond when you get them going. They know what they're doing and they...

July 27, 2011 - 4:07pm
3 years 5 days ago

Operation Spirit will soon have a new home.

The Zanesville Military Support Ministry uses money raised to send care packages and other necessities to troops overseas. Director Melodie Pittman said their current location is in need of too many structural repairs and will eventually be torn down. Pittman has been at the Balls Lane location, near Wal-Mart for the past 3 years and said the ideas of moving was overwhelming.

"It was like wow," said Pittman. "I thought...

July 2, 2011 - 6:06pm
3 years 4 weeks ago

It's Christmas in July for one Zanesville organization.

Thinking ahead to the Christmas holiday, Operation Spirit celebrated the 4th of July by raising money for Christmas care packages for troops overseas. The group held a drive-thru chicken dinner fundraiser. Director, Melodie Pittman aimed to sell more than 200 chicken dinners which would raise about  $1,800.

"The rain has kind of kept the drive-thrus away but we'll go, if we have to go stand on the corner...

May 30, 2011 - 5:28pm
3 years 9 weeks ago

A local Boy Scout, with the mind-set to one day serve, is doing his part now to show his support for our troops.

Troop 164's, Judah Horval, has aimed to become an Eagle Scout and then... an officer in the military. As part of his mission, he has launched a project to send 25 care packages overseas.

"Well we planned to do this on Memorial Day because its just already a day people plan to show support to the troops," said Judah. "They...

December 13, 2010 - 5:27pm
3 years 33 weeks ago

Soldiers are being recognized this holiday season.

Operation Spirit of Zanesville is making sure no one is forgotten this Christmas; months have been spent gathering any items that troops might need that aren't readily available to them. From candy and books to simple holiday decorations, owner Melodie Pittman said it's all appreciated.

"They still need our support, they need our support as much today as they did seven years ago eight years ago when this all started, and...

November 20, 2010 - 4:05pm
3 years 36 weeks ago

One organization is making sure our troops overseas have a happy holidays.

The volunteer's at Operation Spirit are having a hard time finding a free moment to take a break from packing up boxes to send to the troops. So far 170 boxes have been sent along with 260 stockings filled with goodies to help the troops have a great season.

"I think it's more important during the holidays because people especially those that don't have family support are lonely," said Director...

September 9, 2010 - 5:13pm
3 years 46 weeks ago

Christmas may be the last thing on your mind, but in order to make sure troops overseas receive their care packages in time, a local organization is starting early, and they're asking for your help.

A-1 Heating and Cooling located on Linden Avenue decided that in honor of September 11, they wanted to support the troops by helping local organization, Operation Spirit, in holding a fundraiser.

Starting Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., about 60 volunteers will be out at A-1...

May 29, 2010 - 5:48pm
4 years 8 weeks ago

While often seen delivering cookies, today Girl Scouts were sending them further than normal.

Boxes of cookies were unloaded today at Operation Spirit, where they will then be shipped to troops overseas. Even at a young age, they know the importance of helping.

Here's what they had to say when asked why they sell cookies. "To help people, to help soldiers."

Melodie Pittman of Operation Spirit says that the community outreach is overwhelming. Besides helping, she...

April 9, 2010 - 4:35pm
4 years 16 weeks ago

You can help two groups Saturday just by buying a box of cookies.

Local Girl Scout troops are holding a drive-thru cookie sale at the Muskingum County Welcome Center in downtown Zanesville. For only three dollars you can purchase a box for yourself or with the help of Operation Spirit you can choose to send a box to the troops overseas.

"The soldiers love their Girl Scout cookies and of course you can't get them over there so we're going to help them get some Girl Scout...

December 2, 2009 - 4:45pm
4 years 34 weeks ago

Although distance might keep soldiers from reading to their children every night in person, one program is allowing them to do so in spirit.

United Through Reading is a non-profit organization which provides an opportunity for parents to read to their children from a far while serving their country.

"It gives a connection," said Melodie Pittman of Operation Spirit in Zanesville. "It keeps their children from forgetting what mom or dad looks like. When they're very...

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