On Aug. 8, you have the chance to rub shoulders with one of country music’s hottest performers while helping the USO of North Carolina lift the morale of deployed servicemembers.

Starting at 11 a.m., at the Fort Bragg Fairgrounds, USO and Jack Daniel’s volunteers will start preparing care packages for deployed servicemembers as part of their “Toast to the Troops” care package stuffing party. Country artist Craig Morgan will join the volunteers as they work their way to the goal of 7,500 packages.

“We are thrilled to have the support of such a generous musician and Fort Bragg military veteran as Craig Morgan,” said Renee Lane, center director of Fort Bragg’s USO. “Morgan’s time and talent given to support our Fort Bragg troops and Families is second to none.”

Before becoming a country music and TV sensation, Morgan spent more than 10 years on active duty in the Army and an additional nine years in the Army Reserves. He is an avid supporter of America’s military and a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award.

“Everyone always asks how can they help us and this is one event where help is needed and appreciated,” said Lane.

Each care package will include a “toast” card, a personal message of support that has been collected by Jack Daniel’s and the USO for our troops.

Volunteers for this event must commit from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. It is expected to take almost four hours to complete the packing process.

“The weather this time of year is a factor so we are asking volunteers to dress for the weather and be comfortable since this is an outdoor event held under a large tent,” Lane added.

To help expedite the process, volunteers from Jack Daniel’s, Lenovo and Kangaroo Express will help set up the packing site and assembly line before 11 a.m.

There will be a thank you cookout for all volunteers at the conclusion of the packing party.

Following the cookout, a special, open-to-the public concert by the country music superstar at 5 p.m. Gates for the free show will open at 4 p.m. No ticket or military ID card is required for entry.

The USO has partnered with Jack Daniel’s for many years to provide these care packages to our deployed and deploying troops. Aug. 8 marks the 20th care package event and the second one at Fort Bragg.

For more information and to register to be a volunteer, please visit the Fort Bragg USO website: http://uso-nc.org/events/fort-bragg-center-operation-uso-care-package-stuffing-party/

The public cannot bring pets, outside food and beverage, large bags and backpacks to the concert. People with these items will be turned away by on-site security. Lawn chairs are welcome.

During Morgan’s last performance at Fort Bragg, he received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.