WE ARE SHIPPING OUT 48 COMFORT AND CARE PACKAGES THIS WEEK!
While practicing social distancing our staff is getting Comfort and Care Packages out the door to our deployed service members. The boxes are even more important as many deployed service members are running out of basic hygiene products due to the hold on troop movement.
MAY 5th: SHOP AND DRIVE!
Giving Tuesday Shop and Drive May 5th!
In response to the unprecedented 
need caused by COVID-19, this global day of giving has been moved to May 5th, 2020.

We are excited to announce that on this day we will have our first 
Shop and Drive Event from 9 AM - 3 PM
at our warehouse in Lisle located at 
1989 University Lane, Suite A, Lisle, IL 60532!

  • Just shop for the items we need for our comfort and care packages, CLICK HERE to see a list of products we need most for deployed service members.
  • Or drive through to say hello (we miss you!) and drop off a financial donation if you would like and we will use the funds to purchase items we need for our Comfort and Care Package program.
  • Drive through and drop off your items. If you would like to have a contactless drop off, just open the trunk of your vehicle and our social distancing staff will remove items for you.
Thank you in advance!
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR G.I. YOGA CHANNEL!
A big thank you to Kate who runs our G.I. Yoga program--she has set up a YouTube channel and is teaching her classes virtually! Subscribe to the G.I. Yoga channel by CLICKING HERE . The more subscribers we have the more people we can share the restorative and stress relieving benefits of yoga!

FIRST RESPONDERS
Kate is dedicating a very special class this Friday at 10:00 AM (CST) to our First Responders as we are grateful for all they do!
SUPPLIES ARE LOW FOR OUR
COMFORT AND CARE PACKAGES
--SHOP ONLINE FOR NEEDED PRODUCTS--
A BIG Thank You to NAHU Vanguard Council for sponsoring the You Give Goods program for our Comfort and Care Packages!

Help our troops, shop today!

All goods ordered online will be shipped directly to us once the drive ends on June 13th. You will be emailed a tax receipt at the time of purchase.
Your contributions will help our Comfort and Care Package Program so we can continue to send our deployed service members items they need. Especially now as deployments are being extended to avoid troop movement and reduce COVID-19 exposure. 
RAY KUSTASH
We are very sad to share that one of our volunteers at OSOT-America, Ray Kustush has passed away. Ray was a very energetic and positive volunteer and helped us out in the warehouse and at many events, including Rockin' For The Troops along with his wife Cyndi. Ray was a U.S. Air Force Veteran and served in Desert Storm. His bright smile and great attitude will be greatly missed.
If you would like to leave a tribute to Ray, please CLICK HERE .
LET'S GO OVER THE EDGE FOR THE PROGRAMS OF OSOT-AMERICA!
On Friday, September 11th we will have our Over The Edge VIP rappelling in the afternoon/early evening and on September 12th we will have our fundraising rappellers from 8 am- 5 pm at Hotel Arista in Naperville.

Our Over The Edge fundraising platform
is ready to go!

VOLUNTEER FROM HOME!
Due to the Governor of Illinois' Stay At Home order through April 30th our staff will be working remotely. Many people continue to reach out to us asking how they can help from home so we wanted to share some thoughts on what we need.

While we are currently using social distancing practices, our staff is packing some boxes for deployed troops as the the requests continue to come in at a rapid pace.

Here are a few ideas of how you can help:

  • Christmas Stockings and Ornaments Needed We need volunteer help to make ornaments and stockings (we have patterns available) for our Christmas Stocking Program that starts this fall. We do have a pattern available that we can mail out to you for the stockings--email us at info@osotamerica.org with the address you would like us to mail it to.
  • Make fabric masks for the medical community as an extra level of protection and for those trying to avoid spreading germs if they are already sick. CLICK HERE for more information. Note: the fabric masks DO NOT protect against COVID-19 but instead are intended for general health or for medical staff to use underneath their disposable masks due to the shortage of supplies.
  • Make paracord bracelets for our troops, CLICK HERE for a video tutorial.
  • Like to knit? Knit hats and scarves for our troops to give them a comfort from home that we can add to the Comfort and Care Packages. We are currently working with a very knowledgeable member who is helping put together details for us. More information will be available soon on our website under Comfort and Care Package Program and then Products Needed.
  • Kids can write letters, draw pictures and make cards for our Comfort and Care Packages. This is an item that troops are always appreciative of because they feel supported by the patriotic community. CLICK HERE for more information.


Call us at 630-971-1150 or email us at info@osotamerica.org with any questions or ideas of other ways you can contribute!
MAKE A FINANCIAL DONATION
Please consider donating financially to help support our programs.
LETTER OF THE WEEK
Hello!
Thank you so much for the snacks and hygiene items. It is greatly appreciated. The love and support we get from you means everything!
Thanks, CL
UPCOMING EVENTS
Save the Date for our Red, White and Blue Fundraiser on October 17th, 2020
More details coming soon!
SCOTT MAXSON'S CONTACT INFO
If you have a question for Scott Maxson, OSOT-America's Executive Director please email him at smaxson@osotamerica.org by CLICKING HERE or call 630-971-1150.
SUICIDE PREVENTION
We have experienced an increased level of interaction with veterans through our Veterans Assistance Program as well as our other programs regarding depression and suicidal thoughts. If you know a veteran that would be in need of help, please see the contact numbers you can share:

Military One Source  
1-800-342-9647

National Suicide Prevention Hotline  
1-800-273-8255
CHARITY WATCHDOG RATINGS AND AWARDS
OSOT-America is proud to have top ratings from Charity Navigator, Great Nonprofits, and a Guidestar Platinum Award...and our newest award from Chamber 630 for the Best Not-For-Profit Charity. 
Operation Support Our Troops-America
www.osotamerica.org
630-971-1150
MEDIA LINKS--2 Million Pounds of Comfort and Care 2019
CLICK HERE to watch Stacey Baca from ABC 7 Chicago at our warehouse.
CLICK HERE to see the AM560 The Answer interview.
CLICK HERE to watch the NC-TV segment.
CLICK HERE to hear the WBBM Newsradio interview.

MEDIA LINKS--Over The Edge Fundraiser 2019
CLICK HERE for the ABC-7 Chicago News segment with Stacey Baca
CLICK HERE for the NC-17 TV segment
CLICK HERE for The Naperville Sun article
CLICK HERE for The Daily Herald article

PHOTOGRAPHY LINKS--Over The Edge Fundraiser 2019
CLICK HERE for images from Friday's VIP/Media event.
CLICK HERE for images from Saturday's event.