Operation: Holiday Spirit

Operation: Holiday Spirit (OHS) was created by the Hampton Roads and Central Virginia community wanting to know how they can support and show their appreciation to their local military families that are in need during the holiday season. Each year during OHS it became more and more recognizable that many area military families might not be able to afford a happy holiday season. Through Operation: Holiday Spirit, the public can support military families by selecting and providing gifts from established wish lists. It is through this generosity of public donations that the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia (USOHRCV) is committed to bridging the gap between these military families and the local community.

Community Member(s) Accountability (aka: Angel Donors):

  • individuals/organizations receive a military family’s wish list
  • purchases gifts/wrap gifts
  • drop off wrapped items to the designated time and location.


  • How will I know what to buy for the families? The families will fill out an application which requests their age and gender, additionally each family member creates a three item wish list. Please keep in mind, the wish list is just a guide not mandatory. To ensure that the families enjoy a nice holiday dinner, we strongly recommend that each family receive a gift card to a local grocery store, if possible.

  • How much do I spend on a family? Purchase as your time and budget allows. The families are always grateful for any assistance they receive. There is no limit or minimum. Most organizations average around $25-50 per person in the family.

  • When and where do I deliver the presents? The gift drop-off date this year is scheduled for Tuesday, December 15, 2020. We will release the time and exact location (Virginia Beach) of the drop off upon signing up.

  • Who do I contact for more information? If you are interested in assisting a military family this holiday season, please email Krystle Lipetzky at klipetzky@uso.org

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