Supporting & Remembering Our Veterans
Operation Support Our Troops With Your Peanut Day Donations
Left to Right, Kiwanis members Fred Graham, Steve Robillard, Stan Szewczyk, Annette Riegel (OSOT) Fred Jacobs, Ed Rosenberger | Submitted by Naperville Sun on November 9, 2013
For the past several years, Naperville Evening Kiwanis members have participated in Operation Support Our Troops – America. For this event, cases of Kiwanis peanuts are delivered to the Operation Support Our Troops America warehouse in Lisle.
This year, more than 15,000 individual packets of peanuts will be shipped to men and women who have put themselves in harm’s way for the good of all of us. Many Kiwanis members are veterans and remember how they felt when a care package arrived from home.
Kiwanis is proud to partner with OSOT America, who put their heart and love in bringing smiles to the faces of members of our Armed Forces.
Operation Support Our Troops America began in 2003. In the past ten years, they have shipped 49,207 care packages to our troops, who are deployed in harm’s way. At 25-pounds per package, this equates to 1,230,175 pounds sent to our troops.
The little bags of peanuts supplied are great in filling those nooks and crannies in the care packages. Each package shipped has the name of one person on the label. One can submit a name for a loved one, to receive a care package from home by visiting, www.osotamerica.org.
Kiwanis says thank you, for supporting our club and our Kiwanis Peanut Days. Together we can all make a difference.
Excerpt Naperville Sun Article May 25, 2014
"Operation Welcome You Home was started to make sure no military personnel are slighted on returning home from serving their county. That has been Donna Morsovillo’s mission since she founded the not-for-profit in 2007.
“We now have 2,000 people on our emailing listing who all make contributions, and we get requests for welcome home ceremonies from states across the country, including Arizona, New York and California,” Morsovillo said. “Unfortunately we don’t have the funds or the time to send people all over the country, but we try to reach out to other support groups we know.”
The Naperville-based group has since become a successful fundraising machine as well as a magnet for volunteers." It means a lot to the membership of Naperville Evening Kiwanis to support Donna and her mission. A large portion of our membership consists of veterans from foreign wars. We welcome her as a guest to our meetings to speak on behalf of our veterans.
Memorial Day 2015 Abraham Lincoln National Cemetary
Kiwanis Division 21 from Naperville, Aurora and Shorewood along with guests assisted in the removal of 27,000 flags from veterans graves at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery the day after Memorial Day. These flags will be used again for the 2016 Memorial Day observance. Kiwanis considers this one of our most honorable and fufilling projects done annually. The teams, majority of who are veterans, worked together and enjoyed each other's company afterwards.