McALLEN – IBC Bank, H-E-B, and Operation Interdependence are coming together for the fourth annual "Operation Care Drop," a continuing effort to supply our nation's soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen comforts from home while on deployment. IBC branches throughout McAllen will serve as donation locations and participating branches inside H-E-B stores will collect care packages from Memorial Day, May 30, through July 4.

More than 225 IBC Bank branches across Texas and Oklahoma will take part in Operation Care Drop this year and participating H-E-B stores housing IBC Bank branches will serve as drop-off stations.

This year, a microsite was created for the public to learn more about the initiative and to make donations online to help purchase care package items and offset Operation Interdependence's shipping costs. The letter-writing component of the initiative will also receive a bigger push this year through the support of community organizations and school districts.

"Operation Care Drop has been the perfect venue for IBC to show its support and gratitude to our military service members who protect our freedoms in Iraq, Afghanistan and many other locations where they are deployed," said IBC Chairman and CEO Dennis E. Nixon. "Through our continued partnership with H-E-B, we have been able to significantly increase the number of care packages and letters of support that Operation Interdependence sends to our servicemen and women."

Joining Operation Care Drop and supporting our troops is easy and convenient. A list of approved donation items is available at any participating IBC branch or online at IBC and H-E-B are working with Operation Interdependence, the premier Civilian-to-Military Delivery System in the United States, to ship and distribute the packages overseas. In 2010, 13 tons of care packages were collected and were sent to over 40,000 servicemen and women.

"We are proud of our partnership with IBC Bank to support Operation Care Drop in our stores. Many of our Partners are actively serving in the armed forces and this is an opportunity for H-E-B to show our deep-felt appreciation," said Winell Herron, group vice president of public affairs, diversity and environmental affairs. "We encourage our customers to support our military by making a donation."

The public can support Operation Care Drop by:

Purchasing pre-made care bags or care package supplies at participating H-E-Bs and donate them at any participating IBC Bank branch. Supplies must fit inside a quart-sized plastic bag. Donors can also contribute approved items individually.

Contributing a monetary donation at participating IBC Bank branches or online at that will go toward the purchase of care package supplies and to offset Operation Interdependence®'s shipping costs.

Writing a letter of support or gratitude to a soldier. For some, this is the only correspondence they receive from home. These words of kindness and encouragement can help boost morale and spread the spirit of patriotism.