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HAPPY 2014!



QUEEN OF HEARTS
Cantigny VFW Post 367 Joliet



Operation care package has been chosen as one of the charities that
Cantigny VFW POST 367 Joliet QUEEN OF HEARTS Game will benefit.
The winner of each winning game will get to select, from a short list of charities, who they would like 10% of the winning pot to go to.

Queen Of Hearts game will be every Wednesday - drawing will be at 9pm. In order to play, you must purchase at least one drink and tickets are $1. each or 6 for $5. The winner must be present.
Hopefully, many will want OCP as their choice of charity.

Please help spread the word. This also helps our local VFW.
826 HORSESHOE DR. JOLIET, IL.

THANK YOU!


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BLUES N' ROCK BENEFIT FOR OUR TROOPS
May 17, 2014 ~ 5 pm till 11 pm
Cantigny VFW ~ 826 Horseshoe Dr., Joliet, IL. 60435



Starring Tallan Noble Latz and T Bird Huck (2013 Blues Hall of Famer), and Danny and the Devils

Music, dancing, raffles, cash bar and food will be available for purchase between 5 and 9pm
$10.00 advance tickets will be available approx last week of March.
Tickets also available at the door.
Proceeds from tickets and raffles will benefit OCP, food will benefit Men's Auxiliary, and the bar will benefit the VFW.
So mark your calendars!
http://www.tallanlatz.com/
http://www.tbirdhuck.com/


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VFW Post 5422 GUN RAFFLE
Drawing: May 23, 2014



Part of the proceeds from the Gun Raffle will benefit Operation Care Package.
Drawing will be held on May 23, 2014 at Wilmington VFW.
$10.00 Per Ticket
Winner need not be present, but must have FOID card
For tickets contact: proudarmysis4@sbcglobal.net or
Mail check payable to Wilmington VFW Post 5422 to:
Operation Care Package
611 Wilcox St.
Joliet, IL 60435


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CURRIE MOTORS MEMORIAL DAY EVENT
May 26, 2014 ~ 11AM - 1PM
9423 W Lincoln Hwy, Frankfort, IL



Currie Motors will once again be doing their annual collection for OCP but this time special car & truck sales will be going on.
For every car or truck sold during this event they will donate $100. to OCP
WCCQ will also be there doing a live remote.
OCP will have a booth. T-Shirts, Flags, pins and other patriotic items will be sold. Donations of care package items and monetary will also be accepted during this event.
Stop on by and help us support our communities and our troops!


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WILL COUNTY FB COMMUNITY GARAGE / CRAFT SALE
Saturday June 7th 2014 - 8AM - 2PM
100 Manhattan Rd., Joliet, IL. 60433

OCP will have a booth!
Collectables, baby items, kitchen stuff, patriotic items, flags and more.
All proceeds from our booth will go to us for postage and care package supplies.
Donations of items to be sold being accepted now through June 7th.
Volunteers also needed to work booth that day.
-Contact Debbie at proudarmysis4@sbcglobal.net


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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

Event Planner
Media Relations Person
Project Planner
Volunteer Coordinator
Shop N' Drop Volunteers
Volunteers to help Haul Boxes to the Post Office
Volunteers to work Events where we have a Booth
Volunteers to Stuff Envelopes
Volulnteers with SUV, Pick Up or Van to pick up donations when needed
Raffle / Auction Coordinator
Volunteers needed to help Unload Trucks
Bake Sale / Luncheon Volunteers and Bakers
To get on the calling list for any of the above or to sign up now, please email Debbie at: proudarmysis4@sbcglobal.net
Please leave your name and a day time and evening phone number,
or leave a message at 815-723-6960


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ILLINOIS FREEDOM RUN
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June 21st 2014
Marseilles, IL.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
Booth set up
Working booth / donations/ raffles
Hours for volunteers would be between 9am and 10pm

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MUDDY CHEER CHALLENGE

http://muddycheerchallenge.com/events/wilmington-il

June 28th and or June 29th 2014
Where ~ Joliet Motor Sports 27950 Kelly Rd. Wilmington

Operation Care Package will receive $15.00 for every adult registration that put us in as the group they are registering for.

$10.00 for Children 6 to 12 years



What you get:

Muddy Cheer Challenge T-SHIRT ~ Finishing Medal

Insurance ~ Experience of a lifetime!

This is not a timed race, walk, run, play in mud, have fun! Adults and children of all ages welcome. Children under 5 years free with paid parent. Bring the family, sign up having Operation Care Package as your charity of choice and have fun while supporting our deployed Military.

OCP will have a booth on site. Stop by and let the kids color a page for our Military care packages or write a note for them.


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ALL HEROES WELCOME BLOCK PARTY

August 9th 2014
4pm TILL 11pm
FOOD ~ MUSIC ~ RAFFLES ~ GAMES ~ MILITARY VEHICLES

Free Event ~ just our way of saying thanks!
Veterans ~ Active Military ~ Police ~ Fire ~ Supporters


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CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT NASCAR WEEKEND
September 13, 2014 Weekend
Paul and Mary's Raceway Camping



Start you engines! Paul and Mary's Raceway Camping, LLC. is going to have a Cornhole tournament Nascar weekend Sept. 13th 2014 with all entry fees going to Operation Care Package. This will be open to the public, plus all Nascar Race Fans & campers.
The winners will walk away with $500.00!
For rules, application and more info: http://racetrackcamping.com/index.html


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OPERATION CARE:
Campaign For Handmade Items

Any sewers out there? OCP is in need of handmade items for 2014.

10,000 Homemade Christmas stockings (med to full size)
10,000 black, brown, tan or dark colored neck gators (made out of fleece)
Crochet stocking caps in browns, tan, black, dark blue, camo or dark greens
Handmade quilts or fleece blankets
Stockings & winter items needed by Nov. 1st
Cool scarves for summer needed now through July
Any can be sent to:
Operation Care Package
611 Wilcox St.
Joliet, IL. 60435
Please feel free to attach small note card of thanks to our troops on them if you like.
And if anyone is located in the Joliet area we do have some material for Christmas Stockings if needed.
For more information and sewing instructions, patterns, etc. visit
http://www.operationcarepackages.org/OperationCare.html


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WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA
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Saturday - December 13, 2014
Ceremony starts at 11 am
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
20953 Hoff Road
Elwood, IL 60421

Please arrive early due to parking & dress for weather!
Wreaths will be placed right after ceremony
Free luncheon afterwards for all at:
STONE CITY VFW
124 Stone City Dr. Joliet, IL. which is at sw corner of Rt 53 & Laraway Rd

CLICK FOR WAA ORDER FORM

Sponsor a wreath for a Veterans grave: $15. for each wreath
Wreaths will be placed on any Veterans grave
Make checks payable to WAA and mail to:
OCP Wreath Project
611 Wilcox St.
Joliet, IL. 60435

If you prefer to pay online through WAA,
please include our sponsor Number: ILOCP 0001
Our Cemetery of Choice is
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery - Elwood, IL
but you can request the cemetery of your choice.

Wreaths Across America will donate $5 back to OCP
for each wreath that is sponsored through us.
We accept orders year round, but orders must be received
by November 22th for the 2014 ceremony.
Wreaths Across America does not do grave specific.
For questions about your loved one
buried at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
please contact: Debbie at 815-723-6960 home or 815-693-3215 cell
please leave a message or email proudarmysis4@sbcglobal.net
Volunteers will be needed for Saturday December 13th ~ no pre-sign up needed
Wreath layers, Bakers, Donations of food dishes, Paper products, Bottled water & more
Help getting sponsorships beforehand
Also, please help spread the word about this wonderful program
by passing around the link below
6400 wreaths were sponsored for Abraham Lincoln 2013
There are 34,000 of our Nations Heros Buried there
We have a long way to go
We need a wreath for every grave & cannot do it without your help

http://www.operationcarepackages.org/Christmas/WreathsAcrossAmerica.html
Thank You.

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SHOP & DROP / TAG DAYS
Volunteers Needed: 2 to 4 hour shifts
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DATES AND TIMES TO BE ANNOUNCED


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LET NO HERO BE FORGOTTEN
Bring Sgt. Bergdahl Home
Yellow Ribbon Vigil

June 1st through June 15th 2104
Volunteers needed to place Yellow Ribbons around town on trees and light poles.
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban
in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009 and is still a POW.
We offer him our love and support.
Please keep Bowe and all our Troops in your thoughts and prayers.


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OPERATION CHRISTMAS STOCKING
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We have extended this campaign year round.
Handmade Christmas Stockings being accepted through Nov. 5th, 2013

Regular size stockings please, no specific pattern available.
TROOP DRAWSTRING BAGS

Due to an over whelming response to the 'GALLON' size
We are not accepting those at this time, however
We will be taking small bags year round
Small Drawstring Bags

Below is a pattern that can be used. which is approximate
Small Drawstring Bag

Mail to:
OCP
611 Wilcox St.
Joliet, Il. 60435

Donations of material, crafts kits and ribbon also needed.
We also have other year round projects if you like to sew, knit or crochet:
Cool Scarves ~ Neck Gators ~ Small Drawstring bags ~ Stocking Caps
Winter Scarves ~ Quilts for for Servicemen & Wounded ~ Blankets for Senior Veterans
Pillows, no pattern 12 in x 12in lightly stuffed so they are squishable
Write thank you, from your hometown with permanent marker right on pillow

Who is needed: Everyone!
Indviduals, groups, clubs, seniors, children
You can all help
For More Information: email Debbie at proudarmysis4@sbcglobal.net
Debbie 815-723-6960 or cell 815-693-3215
Help spread the word!

http://www.operationcarepackages.org/Christmas/OperationChristmasStocking.html


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STAMP'N FOR THE TROOPS
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February 2, 2006 - Ongoing
Our Goal
Collect One Million First Class Stamps

Help us reach our goal and we'll
be able to send 300 Care Packages a week for a year!

~ Learn More ~


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UPCOMING PARADES
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Manhattan Irish Fest Parade
March 1st 2014
Parade Walkers / Riders needed
Volunteers needed to work a 3 hour shift at Irish Fest for OCP

Sales of St Patricks day raffle tickets and collection help needed
Flag Wavers & Walkers needed
Call Deb 723-6960


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WE'RE STILL PACKING!
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Care Packages are packed and mailed weekly throughout the year.
Through the winter, most packing is done on Wednesdays 10 till 3
The 3rd week of each month we pack on Monday Evenings.
Please call ahead for certain days
815-723-6960 leave a message, I work full time.

Packing is done at our office
Will County Farm Bureau Building
100 Manhattan Rd.
Joliet, IL.

We are always in need of items for the Care Packages.
Please visit the links below for a listing of supplies most needed,
and locations where they may be dropped off.


SUPPLY LIST

DROP OFF LOCATIONS


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Thank you for supporting our Troops!



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