SOME G.I. YOGA IN-PERSON CLASSES RESUME!
A Note From Kate who runs our G.I. Yoga Program

Hello GI Yoga Friends!

We are ready to start some in-person classes back up. As long as Illinois stays in Phase 4/5 we can have class, in addition to some new guidelines that G.I. Yoga is implementing. 

Next week we head back to Monday nights in Wheaton 7:30 pm, Wheaton VFW Post #2164, 0N731 Papworth St, Wheaton, IL 60187. No class in Wheaton on the 2nd Mondays of the month. 
All other classes are on hold for the time being.

New Guidelines: 
1. Sign-In required prior to class. We will send out the invite to sign up for class. If you don't see it (sometime tomorrow) please let me know. We are limiting the number of students per class and contact tracing for everyone's safety. Temperatures will be taken and waivers signed to gain access to class.
 
2. Props. We are requesting that you bring your own mat and blankets. If you don't have a mat, one will be issued to you. You can use a towel if you don't have a blanket, it doesn't have to be fancy, we just ask that you please wash your towel or blanket after each session every week. We can have blocks, they are easy to wipe down. 

3. Masks. Masks on when you are not on your mat. Mats 6' to 10' apart. Classes will be shorter, to limit everyone's exposure.

If you are not comfortable coming to class, don't worry we will still have live yoga on YouTube by CLICKING HERE on Monday at 7:30 PM Wednesday 9:30 AM, Friday 10:00 AM. Plus already recorded videos. 

Thank you, 
Kate
OVER THE EDGE FUNDRAISER

Our biggest fundraiser of the year, Over The Edge is coming up on September 12th. We need your help! This is a very unique opportunity to scale the side of the beautiful Hotel Arista like Spider-Man by raising funds for our programs. This signature event provides vital funds for our programs and allows us to support active duty military, veterans and Gold Star Families.

It's easy to participate, start by CLICKING HERE , then:

1) Sign Up

2) Reach out to your family, friends, co-workers, and associates to support your fundraising campaign through email and/or social media. It's extremely easy to spread the word and share what you are doing and the fundraising platform guides you through every step of the way.


Want to help, but don't want to rappel?

If rappelling is not your thing, there are many, many other ways you can help support this very important fundraiser!

1) Adopt a Rappeller
You can raise funds for a military member to rappel!
We are finalizing the details on how this will work, but please email events@osotamerica.org if you would like to support this initiative!

2) Volunteer
Volunteer on the day of the event, CLICK HERE for more info!

3) Donate Financially
If you would rather donate financially to the fundraiser, please CLICK HERE .

LITTLE SMOKE
This year Carl Pedersen will bring his 24th Annual Little Smoke Charity Fundraiser to our Over The Edge event from 9 AM-5 PM. There will be plenty of room for social distancing and to relax with a great view of the rappellers.
Little Smoke Donation is only $40 in advance (by 8-28), $50 at the event, DISCOUNTED at only $175 for 5 by 8-28. Admission is 1/2 price from 9-11 AM. Five Cigar Packs will be provided with every donation! There will be gaming tables from 12 PM-5 PM, prize drawings and silent auctions running throughout the day. For more details, please contact Carl directly by emailing him by CLICKING HERE or calling him directly at 630-935-3366.
KATIE KADAN
This year we will have Katie Kadan kicking off the event with a few songs! She has an amazing voice and is an outstanding performer and was a finalist in 2019 on a major American singing competition television series that was broadcast on a TV network. She will open events for us with the National Anthem as well as perform at Over The Edge! To learn more about Katie, please CLICK HERE .
We will also feature:
Military Displays! The Illinois International Pageant Queens
More Food For Purchase Options! And Much More!
CHRISTMAS IN JULY!
We are only a few short months from beginning to stuff stockings for deployed troops serving in harm's way! Please consider donating some needed items for the stockings as last year we sent out 8,000 stockings! If you have any questions, please email us by CLICKING HERE or call us at 630-971-1150.
FUNDRAISER!
EAT AT BUONA BEEF IN NAPERVILLE on
FRIDAY, JULY 24th !
Just show the below flyer before placing your order at Buona Beef. Eat lunch or dinner at Buona Beef at 1588 Naperville Road in Naperville, 60563 or order curbside pickup between the hours of 10:30 AM-11:00 PM and they will donate 20% of proceeds back to OSOT-America. CLICK HERE for the flyer as you must show the image for us to receive the proceeds!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
There are many ways you can volunteer--here are a few ideas:


  • Do you have artistic, carpentry, or woodworking skills? Please email us and let us know as we need your help on a few projects! Please email us by CLICKING HERE and we can discuss some ideas we have!
  • Make neck coolers for the troops! CLICK HERE for detailed directions. We have plenty of beads at the warehouse. If you would like to make the neck coolers and would like the beads please email Sue by CLICKING HERE and she can set up a date and time for them to be picked up.
  • 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 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 one of our volunteers who is very knowledgeable and has already made many scarves with her group! CLICK HERE for updated guidelines she has shared with us. Thanks Barbara!
  • 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! We would love to hear from you--if you are doing something remotely for the troops, let us know!
MAKE A FINANCIAL DONATION
Please consider donating financially to help support our programs.
UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS
Buona Beef Fundraiser--Friday, July 24th from 10:30 AM to 11 PM. Eat lunch or dinner at Buona Beef at 1588 Naperville Road in Naperville, 60563 or order curbside pickup and they will donate 20% of proceeds back to OSOT-America. CLICK HERE for the flyer as you must show the flyer for us to receive the proceeds!

 Lou Malnati's Pizza Fundraiser--Monday, July 27th:
Three Locations! They will donate 20% of the proceeds to us when you dine-in, carryout or delivery (if within zone). CLICK HERE to print the flyer as you must show this when ordering!

  • Lou Malnati's Naperville-Downtown
131 W Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 60540
11:00 AM-10:00 PM

  • Lou Malnati's Downers Grove
440 75th Street, Downers Grove 60516
4:00 PM-8:00 PM

  • Lou Malnati's Ninety Fifth
2879 W 95th Street, Naperville, 60564
4:00 PM-8:00 PM

Chipotle Fundraiser--Monday, August 3rd from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Eat dinner at Chipotle at 1516 N. Naper Blvd. Suite 104, Naperville, 60563 or order curbside pickup and they will donate 33% of proceeds back to OSOT-America. CLICK HERE for the flyer as you must show the flyer for us to receive the proceeds!

Portillo's Fundraiser--Monday, August 3rd f rom 5 PM-8 PM.
Eat dinner at Portillo's located at 950 E. Ogden Ave, Naperville, 60563 and 20% of proceeds will be donated to us. CLICK HERE for the flyer as you must show the flyer for us to receive the proceeds!

Noodles Fundraiser--Monday, August 10th from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at 207 S. Washington, Naperville, 60540. Eat dinner at Noodles and they will donate 25% back to us. CLICK HERE for the flyer as you must show the flyer for us to receive the proceeds!

Panda Express--Friday, August 14th
Ogden and East Ave., Naperville, 60563
10:30 AM-9:30 PM
20% donated to OSOT-America
CLICK HERE for the flyer as you must show the flyer for us to receive the proceeds!


Over The Edge- - September 11th (VIP Rappelling and Media Day) September 12th Over The Edge Fundraiser at Hotel Arista. CLICK HERE for more info!
LETTER OF THE WEEK
I just wanted to write you and say thank you from the Middle East! I received a care package that had your name and email in it and it meant a lot to know there are people out there that care about the military! We really appreciate everything in the box and we will put it to good use. Once again thank you and please thank all of those involved as well. You guys stay safe and be careful.
 
V/r,
 
MSgt B
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.