WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Care packages are being assembled for Rhode Island troops for the holiday season.

Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee says he's gathering with volunteers from across the state Saturday morning to collect and sort donations from the public at the Rhode Island National Guard Armory on Airport Road in Warwick, Rhode Island. The collection ends at noon.

This is the 15th annual "Operation Holiday Cheer."

The goal is to ship hundreds of care packages to servicemen and women who are away from home during the holidays.

McKee works with the National Guard, businesses and community groups on the effort.

On Sunday morning, volunteers will return to the armory to assemble the care packages.

Last year more than 400 care packages were shipped.