PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — For the 20th year, Rhode Island Service members will get some help from home while being away for the holidays.

Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos kicked off this year’s Operation Holiday Cheer at the State House Tuesday afternoon.

“The life that I have had since immigrating to this country has only been possible because of the sacrifices of our military, and I am glad to be able to give back through Operation Holiday Cheer,” Matos said. “I urge every Rhode Islander to get involved by donating goods or their time so that we can make this twentieth anniversary even more special for our troops.”

Each year, several state and federal agencies team up with the Rhode Island chapter of the Blue Star Moms to send care packages to service members.

In past years, those packages have included Ocean State favorites like Del’s Lemonade, Autocrat Coffee syrup, Dunkin’ coffee, along with hand-written cards and pictures drawn by local students.

“We know that there are Rhode Island service members away from their families right now and Operation Holiday Cheer is one small way that we can let them know we’re thinking about them and thanking them for their service,” Gov. Dan McKee said. “So, Rhode Island – this is your call to action – we need donations and volunteers to make this year’s Operation Holiday Cheer the best one yet.”

This year, an estimated 350 care packages will be assembled and shipped during the weekend of Oct. 29-30.