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Operation North State

Operation North State (ONS) is a 501 3c non-profit (ALL VOLUNTEER) organization which currently offers seven “unique” military support services programs for North Carolina's deployed troops and veterans-in-need. In 2014, ONS will feature its Fifth Annual NCCARES Christmas Box Project - utilizing NC's People, Places, Products and Pride to send 1500 NCCARES Christmas Boxes to North Carolina deployed troops.  And, ONS' five (5 )Top Shelf Fishin' Festivals held throughout the year and our Peer Fishin' Festival held on October are well attended by NC's Wound Warriors, Disabled Veterans and their respective caregivers.  All these projects are features and overviewed at Facebook: Operation North State in the Photo Albums. 


Operation North State’s founder, Terry Snyder, has promoted North Carolina’s People, Places, Products and Pride since 1995 when he opened Kicks & Grins - one of the first, if not the first, North Carolina product stores in the state. Additionally, in February of 2010 after years of requests from Kicks & Grins customers, Snyder  launched the "all about North Carolina" website called  This site is currently under construction. 

Terry Snyder of Winston-Salem (the Founder of Operation North State) serves as the Chairman. And, Charlie Smith from Raleigh is Operation North State's Chief Military Advisor. Mr. Snyder is the founder of both Kicks & Grins and and he has served on various non-profit boards on multiple occasions.  In addition, he has 30 years of sales/marketing experience in banking software and services and the real estate industry. Snyder's current "day job" is selling real estate with Leonard Ryden and Burr Real Estate in  Winston-Salem (the Triad-area).  In 2011, Mr. Smith retired from the State of North Carolina after more than 40 years of service which included serving 22 years as the Director of the NC Division of Veterans Affairs.  Most recently, Mr. Smith served as the Assistant Secretary for the N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs Department of Administration. Mr. Smith was awarded the State of North Carolina's "The Order of the Long Leaf Pine" by Governors Jim Martin and Beverly Perdue. Snyder and Smith are "Proud Volunteers"; Operation North State is an ALL-VOLUNTEER organization. ONS is honored to receive financial, product, services and volunteer support from thousands of folks from around the state and North Carolina's premier companies, brands and service organizations.


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