Letter from our Founder & Director,
Ruth Ann Young
As we approach this special season, I hope all of your hearts will be filled with the beautiful memories we have shared over these last ten years. We can now celebrate the holiday season by taking a moment and expressing a sincere THANK YOU to everyone for the ten years of supporting our troops and their families. Together, we were able to send the “Spirit of Christmas” to over 100,000 of our troops on the frontlines & their families.
Our mission was 100% accomplished — and then some. Operation Iraq-Afghanistan received the Raytheon Program Achievement Award in May 2004 for best use of volunteers in the entire United States of America. Four years ago the transportation authorities informed us, as a 100% volunteer organization, that we had sent more care packages to our five branches of military personnel whom were stationed on the front lines than anyone else in the United States. Over the last ten years, we sent more than 100,000 packages to our military service members on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan and Christmas stockings to their children here at home. The truth of the matter is, there were always pallets of toys that went separately and often not a part of those numbers we counted!
There was a clear message we sent from our packing sites over those ten years: Americans deeply recognize and appreciate our military troops more than ever. We realize their sacrifices and how they continue to protect our precious gift of freedom for us. Our military are our “American Heroes” big time!
This was merely a vision on my part in the beginning, and of course it grew by leaps and bounds. Most would describe it as “taking on a life of its own” over the years. However, we all know someone much bigger blessed us with the guidance and created what seemed like one gigantic family that continued to emerge from within. Watching it unfold and become a MAGNICENT reality in itself, one might say it was a Christmas Miracle. We knew our troop’s sacrifices deserved nothing less than the best from us here at home. Families galore gathered throughout our state ever year to participate and pack for “our troops” in the little town of Kirkland. It was important to send them our best. Of course we had the helping hands of many companies and residents throughout the entire U. S. that joined in the excitement. Together we made it happen! It was amazing each year to see it all unfold!
For me, in my personal journey, it was being able to watch thousands of our young students and residents gather throughout our community year after year. We all laughed and enjoyed the excitement the night never failed to bring! It never ceased to be amazing and will always have a special place in my heart forever.
As the founder and director, this year I am asking you to take some time and bring “The Spirit of Christmas” into our own lives. In other words, recharge your batteries! You deserve it! Treasure the memories we shared together. When you get a chance, please take a peek at the website and share one of your own fondest memories with me! Continue to embrace the joyful memories we shared and the heartfelt love we sent to our men and women on the front lines this past decade. Embrace “The Spirit of Christmas” throughout this beautiful season.
Once again, thank you for joining me on the Frontlines of Home. Together we really ROCKED! To all of you, throughout the United States … A BIG HEARTFELT HUG!
Ruth Ann Young
10th Year Anniversary Video
at the local Pancake House! Our Kirkland Kiwanis morning club and the U.S.O.
of Seattle presented Operation Spirit of Christmas with several hand sewn
holiday stockings for the families of our American Heroes! They are
beautiful! Thank you again for joining our front lines here at home. “The
Spirit of Christmas” is definitely in the air and your helping hands
contributed in a big way to making that happen!
Founder Ruth Ann Young and her dear friend have decorated an amazing Christmas tree for the official launch of Operation Spirit of Christmas 2012! As donations pour in to the Kirkland location, local teams from churches, businesses and communities come together to create a memorable Christmas for our military families in Washington State. The Christmas Tree lights the way and is a heartfelt reminder of the purpose of Operation Spirit of Christmas. Come on down to our location, bring a friend and a stocking filled with toys and join our amazing team! Thanks RuthAnn!
IMMEDIATE 2012 NEEDS
- Packing Boxes- we are looking for a company that is willing to donate boxes that we would be able to pack our stocking in to send to our local bases
- Santa is making his GRAND appearance this year! YES! SANTA! And we are in need of a photographer willing to share his/her time, talents and treasures with all of us who would love to mark this 10th year with a memento- PICTURE WITH SANTA at the Christmas Tree. This will make a great fundraiser to help bring in the 2013 campaign!
- Cash Donations- these will be used to fill the need and shortage of toy donations for our over 5000 stockings to be filled
- Stockings! Calling all sewers, quilters and knitters! We need you! Would you be willing to whip us up some Christmas stocking to be filled with sweet treats and toys for the children her on our local bases who have a parent serving overseas this Christmas season? A standard size stocking is perfect, we aren’t picky! Anything close to 8″x16″ is perfect to fill with blessings and treasures for the children!
- Stocking Stuffers- Be creative! We are looking for stocking stuffers for ages infant on up!
- We are in need of a printing/sign company that would be willing to donate a couple Operation Spirit of Christmas Banners. This is needed ASAP!
- Is there a printing company out there that would be willing to donate some printing of our flyers?
Benefit Concert July 2012
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Operation Spirit of Christmas,
THANKS UNITED PILOT’S WIVES!!!
We would like to take a special moment and say “Thank You” to the United Pilot’s Wives this year. Member Faith Records did a lot of work and took a considerable amount of time collecting money and making some of the best purchases for our kids. Mr. Ferguson, owner of Ben Franklin, right here in Redmond, Washington, was able to work with Faith very effectively from a monetary stance. They were able to really purchase some of the most popular items for our military families to enjoy this Christmas morning. Thank you so much for all the support you have given over these last 6 years and special “Welcome Aboard” to Mr. Ferguson. We look forward to working with you in the future years to come!
OPERATION SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS KEEPS “THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS” ALIVE ON THE HOMEFRONT IN 2011!!!
Operation Spirit of Christmas is excited to support the families of our American Heroes here on the homefront!
Our authorities in Washington DC blessed us with the good news of a downsized presence in Afghanistan as well as a real surplus of packages received on the frontlines last year. We are excited at the opportunity to focus on the families here at home with the emphasis on bringing “The Spirit of Christmas” to the children.
We will unite for our 9th year and touch the hearts of our children here at home by filling thousands of Christmas Stockings for our very special military families. We all know they deserve nothing less than the very best from us. We are looking to collect Christmas stockings, toys, games and more for the ages infants thru 18 years of age.
See full update and 2011 release under Blog.
“Bringing the Spirit of Christmas to the families of our real American Heroes on the frontlines.”
Operation Spirit of Christmas Thanks National Anesthesia Services for Their Generous Donation Again in 2011
Operation Spirit of Christmas, accepted a generous monetary donation from National Anesthesia Services for the 2011 ”Bringing the Spirit of Chrismtas to the Families of Our Real American Heroes” campaign. This large donation will allow and assist us in our transition to serving the families and children here at home of the servicemen/women serving on the front lines.It is our hope to fill over 5,000 Christmas Stockings for the children. Last year, Operation Iraq-Afghanistan accepted a $10,000 check at Seattle’s American Association of Nurse Anesthetist in support of ”The Spirit of Christmas” campaign. On hand to accept the check was Ruth Ann Young, Founder and Director of the charity. This donation enabled Operation Iraq-Afghanistan to kick off their 2010 effort of providing holiday care packages to U.S. troops.
National Anesthesia Services has been providing support to Operation Iraq-Afghanistan since 2007. “It is a blessing that we are able to continue to support such a great organization and give back to our troops,” said Stephen Read, President of National Anesthesia Services. “With over 21 years of placing physicians and CRNAs in permanent and locum tenens jobs, National has a great relationship with many military personnel whom are anesthesia providers. We enjoy knowing that some of them may receive a Christmas package and want them to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers.” National Anesthesia Services and National Physician Staffing is a premier staffing firm located in Beverly Hills, Mich. The company, founded in 1989, places physicians and nurse anesthetists in hospitals and surgery centers throughout the United States. For more information please visit www.nationalanesthesia.com.
Message For Our Troops
The safety and freedom that you continue to provide to us here at home is understood and appreciated more than ever. Over two thousand Americans throughout the Pacific Northwest gathered on November 20, 2009 to prepare these special Christmas packages for you – our American heroes. For the first time in seven years, through this video, you can see with your own eyes our true appreciation for all that you continue to sacrifice each and every day on our behalf.
May this collaboration of donors and volunteers throughout the United States bring some well deserved heartfelt joy to you throughout your tour of duty. Sending you hugs from home, our prayers for your safety and blessings to all.
~The Volunteers of Operation Spirit of Christmas