Updated: Dec 29, 2019
OPERATION SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AMERICA NAPERVILLE/LISLE In this recent, ever-changing, global political atmosphere, I am more and more grateful for those men and women that serve in the military and protect our country’s welfare. My own family has had members serve in both the Army and Navy over the decades. As Veteran’s Day approaches, a spotlight is turned to our military and veterans to highlight their efforts. At Operation Support Our Troops – America, a light shines on our troops’ services every day.
Coming up on fifteen successful years, Operation Support Our Troops – America out of Naperville and Lisle (warehouse) have supported the morale and welfare of the members of our military, their families and the returning veterans by providing comfort, education and resources. “As the military doesn’t leave anyone behind, we support all aspects of military life in some way,” says Jamie Nelson, Executive Director for OSOT – America. “There is so much potential for us to continue to provide the necessary resources to the military members themselves along with their families.”
On October 21st, from 9am-1pm, the organization is holding an Open House at their warehouse (1989 University Lane, Suite A, in Lisle) to showcase their efforts. Anyone attending is welcome to bring items for their Comfort and Care packages or their Christmas Stocking program. Guests will also be able to write a letter to the troops and talk to current volunteers. “This is a great opportunity for those with family members in the military to meet other families that have similar experiences,” explains Jamie.
There are many ways for the community to get involved, if interested. You can become a volunteer to pack-up the Comfort and Care boxes, donate items or arrange a collection drive. Besides needed items, OSOT – America will be accepting donations of left-over Halloween candy. Great news for us moms! Last year they collected over 3,400 pounds of candy. A great place to move that unwanted sugar out of your house. All donations can be brought to the Lisle warehouse, but they do ask you to call ahead to arrange a drop-off time at 630-971-1150. All needed essentials for Care Packages and Christmas Stockings are listed on their website (www.osotamerica.org) along with their multiple volunteer opportunities and fundraisers.
Mindy’s October Giving Inspiration: Have your kids portion out their Halloween candy this year to help out the troops. Let them feel good about giving it away. Better yet, organize a drop at your home for other families to do the same.
ABOUT THE WRITER Mindy Kyle is the owner of Be Inspired Studios and is passionate about helping people discover what brings them joy and to live a full, healthy and happy life. She has her Masters in Fine Arts degree in creative writing from DePaul University and lives in Naperville with her husband, three children and the cutest dog in the land.