Labor Day marked the conclusion of USO Operation Summer Surprise in Illinois. Throughout the summer, USO Illinois staff surprised 50 military families with a personalized basket filled with recreational summer items, Gatorade, Lays chips, and more. Deliveries were made to those living near Naval Station Great Lakes, in the Chicagoland area, in the Quad Cities, surrounding Scott Air Force Base, in Springfield, and everywhere in between. The program reached a total of 219 military, spouses and dependent youth.
“The kids were so excited; it was like Christmas in July. The gentleman that delivered drove all the way from Chicago. It was very touching. We loved the surprise!” – Sailor in Chatham, Illinois.
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