The McHenry County Department of Health collects, sorts and distributes thousands of pounds of donations received through its Operation Dropbox in 2023. | Provided Photo

McHenry County officials say they are seeking local organizations and businesses to participate in “Operation Dropbox” to assist local veterans and their families.

The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) last week announced the 5th annual Operation Dropbox, a donation drive dedicated to supporting local veterans.

The health department invited organizations, churches, libraries and businesses in McHenry County to become drop site locations for the initiative.

Operation Dropbox is a countywide donation drive that runs during the month of May.

Donations are collected at drop site locations throughout McHenry County by Medical Reserve Corps volunteers and delivered to Veterans Path to Hope, a McHenry County non-profit dedicated to supplying basic needs, shelter and a number of transitional services to homeless veterans.

Veterans Path to Hope also offers housing and employment assistance, transitional living, food, furniture, household goods, peer support activities, caregiver training and counseling.

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In 2023, Operation Dropbox yielded 5,466 pounds of donated goods from 28 donation boxes throughout McHenry County. The goods supported more than 3,000 McHenry County veterans and their families.

Operation Dropbox involves simulating a supply delivery for distribution, which aids the MCDH in practicing emergency response plans. It also offers a hands-on learning experience for MCDH staff and Medical Reserve Corps volunteers.

McHenry County organizations, churches, libraries and businesses that would like to host a donation box at their location can sign up online by Friday.