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Midget 18's Operation Thank You and Skate it Forward

By Webmaster, 10/04/18, 8:30AM EDT



Lehigh Valley Phantoms Youth
18AA and 18A are participating in

Lehigh Valley Phantoms Youth 18AA & 18A along with Skate It Forward, Inc. Supports

Operation Thank You


-Skate It Forward, Inc. and LV Phantoms Youth 18AA & 18A are proud to partner with Operation Thank You this year to show support of our military troops. 


-Skate It Forward, Inc.’s core mission is to join together as a hockey family encompassing coaches, players, parents, and hockey organizations to help give back to the community and individuals in need, while incorporating values of leadership, respect, community service, generosity, and sportsmanship in youth athletes while continuing to foster a love of the game. Skate It Forward, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 organization.


-Operation Thank You was formed in 2003 by Richard Dygos, a teacher in the West Milford school district located in northern New Jersey.  Operation Thank You is a program where care packages are sent to troops who are bravely serving our country overseas in countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan.  The goal of Operation Thank You is to help put a smile on the faces of our troops while they are away from their families and friends.  This program originates from Rich’s personal funds and donations from the community.


-A list of requested items from our soldiers themselves follows.  Please join us in supporting our troops this holiday season – remember these men and women will not make it home for the holidays with their families; we hope to come together to put smiles on their faces while they are far from home! 


-If you would like to participate in Operation Thank You to assist our troops, please purchase items from the list below.  Items will be collected starting on “Hockey Day” – Saturday, 10/13 at SIC. Collection boxes will be available at SIC through November 11th.


Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation and support!

Lehigh Valley Phantoms Youth 18AA, 18A, -Skate It Forward, Inc.


Operation Thank You


For more details or information on where to drop off, please contact Caroline Vianden  / 908-619-4474

In addition to these items, thank you and/or holiday cards with words of encouragement, thanks and support would also be appreciated

Soldier Requested Items – Operation Thank You

Category:  Food Items

Trail Mix

Foil packs/Pouches of Tuna Fish, Chicken

Beef Jerky, Slim Jims

Cups of Soup (preferably Ramen Noodles)

Freeze-Dried Fruits

Macaroni and Cheese (in individual microwaveable containers)

Ravioli (in individual microwaveable containers)


Individually Wrapped Lifesavers

Manufacturer Sealed Candy Bags (Please NO CANDY CORN!)

Cliff Bars

Fruit Roll Ups

Power Bars

Protein Bars

Granola Bars

Category:  Drink Items

Cold Drink Mixes (individual packets such as Kool Aid or Crystal Lite ) – REGULAR AND SUGAR FREE



Hot Cocoa (such as Swiss Miss) – Individual Packets – REGULAR AND SUGAR FREE

Category:  Hygiene/Personal Care Items

Chapstick, Blistex

Non-medicated Eye Drops

Gold Bond Powder

Hand and Feet Warmers

Ziploc Bags


Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Midol

Category:  Entertainment Items

Books (used in good condition are fine)

Current Magazines

Small Board Games

Sports Equipment (Nerf Equipment, Hacky Sacks, Frisbees, etc.)

Playing Cards, UNO, Dice

Adult Coloring Books, Colored Pencils, Crayons

Crossword Puzzle Books, Word Search Books, etc.


Please Support Our 4 Legged Soldiers!
18AA and 18A are partnering with SKATE IT FORWARD, INC.

Our canine friends are in need! Support our Military Working Dogs and their handlers by joining us in collecting items to support our MWD working overseas.

Military Working Dogs are trained to do a number of tasks none of which would be considered basic. Dogs are trained on base a nd within combat missions and are used for security, law and order, force protection, detecting insurgents, narcotics, landmines, IED’s, firearms, ammunition, explosives and are used in search and rescue. Many times our K9 friends are the first to enter a hazardous life threatening situation.

18AA and 18A will be collecting the following items for our K9 friends on Hockey Day, Saturday 10/13. Please join us in honoring these animals who assist our soldiers in serving our country!

(Links are provided for you to view specifics, but feel free to purchase the items wherever you wish to.)

Size Medium/Large Extreme Kong Ball

Size Large Extreme Kong

Nylabones for dogs over 50 pounds and strong aggressive chewers

True Chew Dog Jerky