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Another Successful Year for Operation Handwarmer!  

December 2022 OHW Packing Party!

Items packed on December 14, 2022 and on their way to the troops December 15, 2022!

Thank you to all that participated this year!

December 9th is "Operation Handwarmer Day" In Columbia County

Thursday, December 8th, 2022

Operation HandWarmer co-founders Burt Sappenfield and Larry Miller were presented with an official proclamation designating Friday, December 9th Operation Hand-Warmer Day in Columbia County!   last night in Evans at a meeting of the Columbia County Board of Commissioners. Commission Chairman Doug Duncan extolled the charitable efforts on behalf of U.S. troops in cold-weather duty stations worldwide since the organization was launched in late 2011. Were proud that both gentlemen who started Operation HandWarmer operate established businesses located right here in Columbia County, explained Mr. Duncan.

Collection Day at Walmart in Evans, GA

WHEN:  Friday, December 9, 2022

WHERE:  Walmart Evans, GA on Washington Road

TIME:  7 AM - 7 PM

INFO:  There will be a live remote from the parking lot of Walmart during the collection on Friday.

Walmart is setting up stations of items for collections for easy access.  Everyone come out and help support Operation Handwarmer 2022!  All items will go directly to the troops.

Thank you all for your past support!

Walmart Collections Day

Friday, December 9, 2022 was Collection Day at Walmart in Evans, GA from 7 am till 7 pm.  It was a very rainy, cold day, but we stayed all day and with the help of R. S. Brown of FOX 54 we were able to collect over 1,200 items for the troops.  Thank you R.S for your help and support of our program!

Packing Party

WHEN:  Wednesday, December 14, 2022 

TIME:       8AM - 10AM

WHERE:  American Legion Building

                  275 Legion Road

                   Evans, GA 30809

Operation Handwarmer 2022 Information

Operation Handwarmers 2022 will kick off with a collection of items requested from the troops.  Some of the forward operations bases don't have all the comforts that others do and that is why we need to come through for the troops this year.  The following is a list of items requested:

  • Handwarmers
  • Sock caps (black)
  • Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
  • Bath Towels (white or brown)
  • Nuts (peanuts, cashews, almonds, etc)
  • Crossword Puzzles, cards, etc.
  • Beef Jerky
  • Protein Bars
  • Small fleece blankets (camo and dark colors)
  • Snickers Bars
  • Foil package StarKist Tuna


Larry Miller Century 21 Office on 235 N Belair Road Evans, GA

 Kelly Lawrence State Farm Insurance 4779 Washington Road Evans, GA

If you would like to order supplies from Amazon, please go to the link below and items will automatically be shipped to us.  

Thank you so much for your support.

Operation Handwarmer 2022 Collections

Operation Handwarmer 2020 was a challenging year and  

cancelled  due to COVID-19 restrictions . 

In 2021 there were  some changes due to access to the troops

 and COVID-19 restrictions to access the base and shipping restrictions.  

The changes this year (2022) are as follows:
  •   The drop off location for donated items is: Century 21 Larry Miller's Office on Belair Road Evans, GA and Kelly Lawrence State Farm Insurance at 4779 Washington Road in Evans, GA.  
  • The dates of collections are  November 1, 2022 through December 1, 2022.  December 3rd is the cut off date because there will be no way to get them to the troops. 
  • Burt will take the items to Savannah to be put on flights to deployed troops.  If you have any questions you can contact Burt at (706) 339-4274.  Thank you for your support.

Burt Sappenfield

Operation Handwarmer 2022 

We would like to thank all involved in helping make Operation Handwarmer 2022 a success.  

Larry Miller Century 21 Realty, Chastity Scott, General Manager WFXG Fox 54, 

and  Bert and Allen Dean at Clarion Creative.

We would also want to thank everyone that gives of their time and donations

to support our troops.

Operation Handwarmer

Thank you Larry Miller Century 21 Realty, WFXG Fox 54, Walmart (Evans GA), IHeart Media, Augusta Chronicle for your support in 2019

******Over 27,000 items were collected for 2019

Thank you for your support.  The items are already on their way with the troops.  

Together we can make 2022 collections even better!

"Operation Handwarmer" kick off at CSRA CENTURY 21 Larry Miller

Burt Sappenfield, founder of "Operation Handwarmer", and owner of Majestic Floor Care, LLC  speaks at the CSRA CENTURY 21 Larry Miller Realty Group.   

Thank You for your support!






Operation Handwarmer Packing Party 2019 a Great Success - Thank You


Packing Party for "Operation Handwarmer" Updated

A big "Thank You" to The American Legion Evans, GA for allowing us to use your facilities for the packing party in 2019 . 

Without support from people like Larry Miller Century 21 Realty, Bert Dean at Clarion South and Rob Forbes at Moving Canvas Media, iHeart Media, WFXG Fox 54, and the Augusta Chronicle we could not make this program such a success.  So many people have helped make this program run so smooth.  From the people that help pack boxes to the people behind the scenes that make videos, pickup supplies, supply food, purchase items, mail packages, and put drop off boxes in their place of business.

Thank You All

"Providing care packages to our troops serving abroad"

Thank  you Club Car employees for a very successful Operation Handwarmer packing party.  Most of the items were taken directly to Army Chaplains who will take these items to our soldiers.  The remaining boxes will be shipped to a group already stationed overseas.

It is acts of kindness and support that our service men and women appreciate more than we would ever know.

"Thank you for caring enough to act"

LTC, AV Commanding Officer

Hunter Army Air Base Savannah, GA


"Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it's in your power to help them" Proverbs 3:27


Your the One!

"Operation Handwarmer"

We collect hand warmers, snacks, and personal items to fill our boxes to send to our troops...YOU ARE THE ONE TO HELP!

The Word Gets Around...

People from all areas and all ages are collecting hand warmers and supplies for the troops.  

"Operation Handwarmer"

Since 2012

"Operation Handwarmer" was started in 2009 when we discovered a need for helping our troops stay warm in very cold climates and for sending a "little support" their way, because we care.

To Learn More, Please Contact:

Burt Sappenfield (706) 339-4274

Our Troops Appreciate Your Support

I can't tell you how heart warming it was to receive your care package It help the moral of my Navy Sailors!

Since receiving your gift of hand warmers; none of our helicopter pilots (flying in sub zero temperatures) have had frostbite!

"I am a crew chief in a helicopter and the hand warmers have allowed us to keep our fingers warm in sub zero temperatures."


Henry Burt Smiley

January 1, 1947 - October 13, 2020

Retired telecommunications specialist

Vietnam Veteran

Thank you for your military service and

Thank you for your help with Operation Handwarmer !

 You will be missed

We thank you for any donations of hand warmers and/or supplies to send to our troops.  

We do not accept cash or check donations.

Call us for more information

1 (706) 339-4274


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