🎅Support Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families This Christmas!🎄

November 26, 2021

North Pole South / FOB Orange County, CA: – Santa Claus, Santa’s Elves, Volunteers, Troops and their Families are now mobilized for this years “Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families”.

Many military families will be separated from their loved serving far away from home this Christmas but Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families with your help CAN help make their Christmas holidays a little brighter once. To help ease the holiday blues, we are encouraging all our fellow American’s to financially donate and donate toys and other gift items to help support our local Military Unit’s Christmas Parties with their families and catch up on lost family time, special moments and holidays .
Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families is a Nonpartisan Christmas Holiday effort to that helps bring local Community Support to America’s deployed and at home Military Unit’s and their families of all 6 branches of service. It is not just the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guard and Guardian Military Members that are affected when they are deployed and away from home but also their Families who are left behind.  

Newport Beach CA; Santa (Former Mayor of Newport Beach, CA) heads out convoy to launch America’s #1 Community-based Christmas Support Effort for our Nation’s Military Units and their families, Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families!

Our Heartfelt Christmas Mission is to mobilize much needed local community based help and support for our Nation’s Military Unit’s and especially their families through the Christmas Holiday Season. And to  teach & encourage America’s local communities to support them year round. Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families is a great grassroots community event that was created as a blue print for the whole Country to participate in. So all American’s together can help support their local Military Units and their families.

“Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” is a sponsored community outreach project of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military members and their families. Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation, with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN: 46-4762128.

America’s Proclamation of Thanksgiving.🇺🇸

November 23, 2021

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America’s Proclamation of Thanksgiving

This is the proclamation which set the precedent for America’s National Day of Thanksgiving. During his administration, President Lincoln issued many orders similar to this. For example, on November 28, 1861, he ordered government departments closed for a local day of Thanksgiving.

Sarah Josepha Hale, a 74-year-old magazine editor, wrote a letter to Lincoln on September 28, 1863, urging him to have the “day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival.” She explained, “You may have observed that, for some years past, there has been an increasing interest felt in our land to have the Thanksgiving held on the same day, in all the States; it now needs National recognition and authoritive fixation, only, to become permanently, an American custom and institution.”

Prior to this, each state scheduled its own Thanksgiving holiday at different times, mainly in New England and other Northern states. President Lincoln responded to Mrs. Hale’s request immediately, unlike several of his predecessors, who ignored her petitions altogether. In her letter to Lincoln she mentioned that she had been advocating a National Thanksgiving date for 15 years as the editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book. George Washington was the first president to proclaim a day of thanksgiving, issuing his request on October 3, 1789, exactly 74 years before Lincoln’s.

The document below sets apart the last Thursday of November “as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise.” According to an April 1, 1864, letter from John Nicolay, one of President Lincoln’s secretaries, this document was written by Secretary of State William Seward, and the original was in his handwriting. On October 3, 1863, fellow Cabinet member Gideon Welles recorded in his diary how he complimented Seward on his work. A year later the manuscript was sold to benefit Union Troops.

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a Civil War of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore.

Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.

And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

Source: http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/thanks.htm and Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy P. Basler et al.

 

Help Support Our Military Unit’s & Their Families This Christmas! 🎅🎄🎄🎄🇺🇸

November 7, 2021

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Join me and my amazing Military Support Elves with “Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” and Help Support your Local Military Unit’s & Their Families this Christmas! 

Once again with the great help of our fellow American’s we will be helping to support our Military Unit Christmas Parties with their Families with Food, Beverage, Toy and Gift Support now with the addition of the U.S. Space Force for all 6 branches of our Nation’s Military!

The Vital Community relationships that Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families helps bring together during the Christmas Holiday Season help America’s Military Units and their families get Vital Community Support Year Round! The BEST Support is Local Community Based Support. Make A Difference Donte Today! https://wp.yellowribbonamerica.org/donate/ .

Thank you & Merry Military Christmas!

“Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families”, Military Family Day Events, Deployment & Welcome Home Event Support Efforts are Community Outreach Projects of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and proudly supported by the Yellow Ribbon America News, Campaign & The Store for America’s Military members and their families. Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation, with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN: 46-4762128.

🇺🇸 Help Support America’s Best & Their Families This 2021 Christmas!🎅🎄🎄🎄

November 6, 2021

Preparations Underway To Help Support America’s Military Unit’s & Their Families This 2021 Christmas.

You too can be ones of Santa’s Christmas Elves and Report for Duty for America’s 1# Christmas Drive “Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families”! Help bring local community based support for America’s Military Unit’s and their Families this 2021 Christmas Season!

Contact Santa’s Elves at Info@YellowRibbonAmerica.org to learn how YOU can Help Support Your Local Military Units and their families this Christmas!

“Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” is a community outreach project of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and proudly supported by the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military members and their families. Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation, with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN: 46-4762128.

 

America’s History Of Thanksgiving, Our National Day Of Gratitude.🇺🇸

November 4, 2021

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By David Barton – November/2002

The tradition of Thanksgiving as a time to focus on God and His blessings dates back almost four centuries in America. While such celebrations occurred at Cape Henry Virginia as early as 1607, it is from the Pilgrims that we derive the current tradition of Thanksgiving.

The Pilgrims set sail for America on September 6, 1620, and for two months braved the harsh elements of a storm-tossed sea. After disembarking at Plymouth Rock, they had a prayer service and began building hasty shelters, but unprepared for a harsh New England winter, nearly half died before spring. Yet, persevering in prayer, and assisted by helpful Indians, they reaped a bountiful harvest the following summer. The grateful Pilgrims then declared a three-day feast in December 1621 to thank God and to celebrate with their Indian friends America’s first Thanksgiving Festival. This began an annual tradition in the New England Colonies that slowly spread into other Colonies.

The First National Thanksgiving occurred in 1789. According to the Congressional Record for September 25 of that year, immediately after approving the Bill of Rights: Mr. Elias Boudinot said he could not think of letting the congressional session pass without offering an opportunity to all the citizens of the United States of joining with one voice in returning to Almighty God their sincere thanks for the many blessings He had poured down upon them. With this view, therefore, he would move the following resolution:

“Resolved, That a joint committee of both Houses be directed to wait upon the President of the United States to request that he would recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer..”

Mr. Roger Sherman justified the practice of thanksgiving, on any single event, not only as a laudable one in itself but also as warranted by a number of precedents in Holy Writ. . . . This example he thought worthy of a Christian imitation on the present occasion.

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The resolution was delivered to President George Washington, who heartily concurred with the congressional request, declaring:

“Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor. . . . Now, therefore, I do appoint Thursday, the 26th day of November 1789 . . . that we may all unite to render unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection.”

National Thanksgiving Proclamations occurred sporadically following this one and most official Thanksgiving observances still occurred only at the State level. Much of the credit for the adoption of an annual national Thanksgiving may be attributed to Mrs. Sarah Josepha Hale, the editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book.

For over twenty years, she promoted the idea of a national Thanksgiving Day, contacting President after President until Abraham Lincoln responded in 1863 by setting aside the last Thursday of November, declaring:

“We are prone to forget the Source from which [the blessings of fruitful years and healthful skies come. . . . No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God. . . . I do, therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States . . . to observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father Who dwelleth in the heavens.”

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For the next seventy-five years, Presidents followed Lincoln is precedent, annually declaring a national Thanksgiving Day. Then, in 1941, Congress permanently established the fourth Thursday of each November as a national holiday.

As you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this year, remember to retain the original gratefulness to God that has always been the spirit of this, the oldest of all American holidays. Congress recommended a day of.

“. . . Thanksgiving and praise so that the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and join . . . their supplication that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ to forgive our sins and . . .to enlarge His kingdom which consisteth in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.” ~(Continental Congress, 1777 – Written by Signers of the Declaration Samuel Adams and Richard Henry Lee)

Appoint . . . a day of public Thanksgiving to Almighty God. . . to ask Him that He would . . . pour out His Holy Spirit on all ministers of the Gospel; that He would . . . spread the light of Christian knowledge through the remotest corners of the earth; . . . and that He would establish these United States upon the basis of religion and virtue. ” ~(Governor Thomas Jefferson, 1779)

Appoint . . . a day of public thanksgiving and praise . . . to render to God the tribute of praise for His unmerited goodness towards us . . . by giving to us . . . the Holy Scriptures which are able to enlighten and make us wise to eternal salvation. And [to] present our supplications…that He would forgive our manifold sins and . . . cause the benign religion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to be known, understood, and practiced among all the inhabitants of the earth.” ~(Governor John Hancock, 1790)

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The 2021 Christmas Drive Officially Begins!🎅🎄🎄🎄🎄

November 1, 2021

Now you too can be ones of Santa’s Christmas Elves and Report for Duty for America’s 1# Christmas Drive Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families! Help bring much needed support for America’s Best and their Families this 2021 Thanksgiving & Christmas Season!

North Pole South, Orange County, CA, USA: In the very challenging 2020 we Thanked the wonderful people who helped saved our annual Christmas Drive for our Military Unit’s and their families. Like the amazing City of Newport Beach, California and the Newport Beach Fire Department for once again supporting Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families for America’s Military Unit’s and their families. Thank you we needed support more than ever!

And we thanked the wonderful Huntington Beach, CA Fire Department for donating over 2000 Toy’s! And Seashore Pest Control, the Huntington Beach Kiwanis and the Hollywood Canteen Foundation! Your support to Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families helped our Military Unit’s and their families have a wonderful Christmas. Thank you!

On the same day after the heartfelt 2020 Newport Beach Fire Station Christmas Drive Press Event one of the many Unit’s that we were able to give Toy’s and Gift’s to was the 163rd Ordnance Company at the U.S. Army Reserve Center in Tustin, California who has Soldiers deployed in the Middle East.

Contact Santa’s Elves at Info@YellowRibbonAmerica.org to learn how YOU can Help Support Your Local Military Units and their families this Christmas!

“Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” is a community outreach project of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and proudly supported by the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military members and their families. Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation, with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN: 46-4762128.

Merry Military Christmas!

Big things are happening at Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families!

October 25, 2021

Big things are happening this year at Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families Be part of the fun and Help Support Our Troops and Their Families Today!  

“Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families”, Military Family Day Events, Deployment & Welcome Home Event Support Efforts are Community Outreach Projects of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and proudly supported by the Yellow Ribbon America News, Campaign & The Store for America’s Military members and their families. Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation, with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN: 46-4762128.

Operation Christmas for our Troops & Their Families brings October Support to 19th Special Forces Group’s Airborne Operation!

October 24, 2021

We had a very Blessed and great day, Yellow Ribbon America and Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families Elves were special guests and was able to help support the wonderful Soldiers and families of C CO, 1st BN, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), their families along with other US Army Airborne Soldiers from Texas, Utah and Arizona maintaining their annual Airborne Training qualifications and status, along with Soldiers in the process of earning the coveted “Green Beret” with their October, 2021 Airborne Operation at the Joint Forces Training Base in beautiful Los Alamitos, California, USA.

It was so neat to be with them and bring Halloween themed support with “Dietrich’s Hawaiian Hazelnut Coffee”, assorted Bagels, Cream Cheese and lots of Halloween Candy for them and their families. Our Military especially our US Special Operation Unit’s miss so many Holiday’s serving and protecting us. We also started collecting signatures for our 3rd Our Nation’s Heroes Captain America Shield to help support Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families and Military Family Day Unit support efforts.

“What you do is very needed and important for the moral of our Military and their families. We support you and your overall Mission…”

– MAJ Robert Ashley Commander, C Company, 1-19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), CA ARNG.

U.S. Special Forces Training can be very dangerous at times which is the nature of their job in protecting us. Last month Staff SGT. Paul Lincoln Olmstead from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), died while participating in the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Maritime Assessment Course at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Sept. 21, 2021. We ask you to keep SGT. Paul Olmstead’s family, friends and fellow US Army Special Forces Soldiers in your prayers. Freedom Is Never Free…

“We Loved them, Fed them and Prayed for Them… As we supported and honored them they honored us.” -Chief Elf Brad

We have many Military Unit’s and their families that are in need of Food, Beverage and Toy and Gift Support for their Unit Christmas Parties and this Holiday Season, Please keep this year’s Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families Christmas Drive in your Prayers.

To Help Support just email our Op Christmas Eves at Info.@YellowRibbonAmerica.org!

“Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families”, Military Family Day Events, Deployment & Welcome Home Event Support Efforts are Community Outreach Projects of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and proudly supported by the Yellow Ribbon America News, Campaign & The Store for America’s Military members and their families. Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation, with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN: 46-4762128.

We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Major General William H. Wade II. (Ret.)

October 22, 2021

We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Major General William H. Wade II. (Ret.) former Adjutant General of the California Army and Air National Guard from 2005 through 2010. May God comfort and bless his wife Leslie, their children Justin and William, and four grandchildren, his friends and fellow Soldiers.

Today Friday, October 22, 2021 at 11 a.m. A Memorial Service with full Military Honors was held at Mather Field, 10616 Superfortress Avenue, Mather, California.

He always supported us with our Military Unit and their families support efforts from our Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families California State Capital kick-offs to our 225th Anniversary of the Purple Heart & Welcome Home Events. The first one in Southern California at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the second at the California State Capitol in Sacramento California. He was a great Leader and loved his family,  Troops, their families and America.

“I will always remember sitting behind him on the bus everyday going from our Hotel to the Convention Center during the 2007 National Guard Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Although he seemed quite at times he had a very good sense of humor and was always on the phone with his Unit Commanders in the field in Iraq and Afghanistan making sure his Troops were ok and had what they needed to defeat Americas enemies.

Major General Wade thank you for your great help and support of Yellow Ribbon America and Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families through the years and of me personally we were so blessed to have you in our lives you helped us greatly to keep going and not give up… ~Brad White Founder and Chief Elf, Yellow Ribbon America and Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families.”

“His legacy of integrity, commitment to mission, and the highest standards will carry on in the thousands of Soldiers, Airmen, and civilian leaders he touched throughout his near half-century of distinguished military service,” said Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin, The Adjutant General of California.”

“Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families”, Military Family Day Events, Deployment & Welcome Home Event Support Efforts are Community Outreach Projects of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and proudly supported by the Yellow Ribbon America News, Campaign & The Store for America’s Military members and their families. Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation, with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN: 46-4762128.

Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families delivers Holiday Cheer to America’s “Fighting 79th”!🎅🎄🎄🎄🎄

September 25, 2021

YELLOW RIBBON AMERICA NEWS DESK:

December 4, 2019, North Pole South / FOB Orange County, CA: – Santa’s Elves, with “Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” deliver Donation Check and Toys to the Great Soldiers & Families of America’s “Fighting 79th”, United States Army Reserve for their upcoming December 8th Unit Christmas Party! MSG Jose Sandoval with the 79th Theater Sustainment Command HHC, Los Alamitos, California receives Donation Check to cover food and beverage costs for the upcoming Unit Christmas Holiday Party and Toys for the Great Soldiers & Families of the “Fighting 79th”, United States Army Reserve! A heartfelt special thanks to the City of Newport Beach and all the City’s Department’s, it’s Amazing Fire Department Station’s and Life Guard’s! And our wonderful good friend’s Pioneer Log Homes of B.C.🎅 Photo credit Chief Elf Brad & US Army Reserve. #KnowYourMil #BeyondTheUniform

“The 79th TSC is headquartered at Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, California, officially activated on December 1, 2009. As Operational Command Posts of a Theater Sustainment Command – the ESCs plan, coordinate synchronize, monitor, and control operational- level sustainment operations for Army Service Component Commands, Joint Task Forces and Joint Forces Commands throughout the world.

FIGHTING 79th MISSION:
Provide trained, ready, cohesive, well-led sustainment units for world-wide deployment to meet the U.S. Army’s rotational and contingency mission requirements in support of the National Military Strategy.

MOTTO “TO DO FOR COUNTRY”
The 79th Theater Sustainment Command provides trained and ready logistics units for worldwide operations and deployment. The 79th TSC’s operational designation in Sept. 16, 2017 makes it the newest of the Army’s Theater Sustainment Commands and one of only two in America’s Army Reserve, with units that span locations dispersed across 19 states, all west of the Mississippi River.

Activated in 2009 as the 79th Theater Sustainment Command, its specialized capabilities support both Defense Support of Civil Authorities and early entry/set-the-theater requirements.

As the operational command posts of a TSC, Theater Sustainment Commands plan, coordinate, synchronize, monitor, and control operational-level sustainment for Army Service Component Commands, joint task forces, joint forces commands, and multinational forces throughout the world.

The 79th traces its lineage back to the 79th Infantry Division, activated in August 1917. The 79th fought in the Meuse-Argonne campaign during the closing months of World War I, earning the nickname “Cross of Lorraine” for its defense of France. After inactivating in June 1919, the 79th was re-activated in June 1942; two years before reporting to the Port of Embarkation at Camp Myles Standish, Massachusetts in April 1944. Three months later the unit disembarked on Utah Beach, Normandy, June 12-14.

Following stiff enemy opposition during multiple campaigns of World War II, where three Soldiers from the division were awarded the Medal of Honor, the 79th went on to become an occupation force in the Dortmund, Sudetenland, and Bavarian areas successively.”

From: US Army Reserve Website: https://www.usar.army.mil/Commands/Functional/79th-TSC/About-Us/

You too can be one of Santa’s Christmas Elves and Report for Duty for America’s 1# Christmas Drive “Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families”! Help bring local community based support for America’s Best and their Families this 2018 Christmas Season!

Contact Santa’s Elves at Info@YellowRibbonAmerica.org to learn how YOU can Help Support Your Local Military Units and their families this Christmas!

Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families is a sponsored community outreach project of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military members and their families. Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation, with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN: 46-4762128.