On December 17, 2016, we held another packing party. But, this time we held it at Brookdale Senior Living in Kingwood. Thank you so much to Brookdale for the use of your facility! The Livable Forest NCL and the King's Trail NCL groups provided the volunteer support for this event! Thank you to both groups for your support! We could not have done it without you! :-)
On December 10, 2016, we held our monthly Adopt A Box Event at the Woodlands Alspaugh's ACE Hardware store location. We are extremely grateful for the amazing support that we received in 2016 (as in previous years) from our wonderful supporters at Alspaugh's ACE Hardware in both their Woodlands and Kingwood locations. They continuously allow us to host these Adopt A Box events in front of their stores each month, in addition to their other incredible support throughout the year! Way to go, Alspaugh's!
On December 10 we also held an Adopt a Box event at Alspaugh's ACE Kingwood location. Pauline in the picture below volunteered to help with this event. She is a Kingwood native and recent graduate of St. Edwards University! Thanks for your help, Pauline!!!!
We held another packing party on November 18, 2016, in which we pack care packages for deployed troops. As always, our wonderful supporters at The Conservatory Senior Living provided the location for this event:
Recently OME received a very special gift from this Kingwood NCL Chapter: they gave us more handmade pillow cases to send to our troops deployed in harm's way. Two of the "Ticktockers" are shown in this photo with their pillow case creations. How could our troops not feel the love from these Texans!
We held our November Adopt A Box Event for the Kingwood area at the Alspaugh's ACE Hardware Kingwood location on November 12, 2016. The Kingwood NCL Chapter provided this month's awesome group of volunteers!
Our November Adopt A Box Event for the Woodlands area (where we ask ACE customers to donate to defray the postage for sending care packages to deployed troops) was held on November 12, 2016. As always, our wonderful supporters at Alspaugh's ACE Hardware allowed us to set up a table outside of their store for this. And, this month's volunteer support was provided by the Woodlands NCL group. Thanks to all!!!
The Denver office of Anadarko Petroleum held a drive for us for care package items, and then on November 10, 2016, they held a packing party for those items at their Denver office! Awesome! Thank you, Anadarko/Denver!!
The folks at Box-It at 395 Sawdust Rd., Spring, Texas 77380, have given OME another banner year of suport. Hundreds of our care packages are shipped through their store where OME pays the postage. This photo shows the stack of boxes available for their customers to "adopt" one from time to time. Year to date, the great customers of Box-It have helped us by adopting over 40 care packages! Kay Omer, the proprietor, and her staff of Christina and Tonya are always there to help customers and promote OME! Thank you SO much, Kay, Christina, and Tonya, for your continued loyal support of OME and its care package mission!
We held our October Adopt A Box (for care packages) event at the Alspaugh's ACE Woodlands location on October 29, 2016:
On October 23, 2016, we held another Packing Party at The Conservatory:
At each packing party, we always display a map of the countries where we send care packages:
This Eagle Scout held a collection drive for us, and then a packing party on October 15 to pack those care packages for deployed troops. This was his Eagle Scout project and he did an outstanding job! Way to go, Sam!
On October 15, 2016, our wonderful supporters at Conservatory Senior Living in The Woodlands, Texas, once again allowed us to hold another Packing Party (to pack care packages for deployed troops) at their facility. This month the awesome volunteer group for this event was the Montgomery Monarchs NCL group! Thank you SO much, Conservatory and Montgomery Monarchs!
On October 15, 2016, we held another very successful Adopt A Box Event at the Alspaugh's ACE Kingwood location! The Lake Houston NCL Group provided our awesome volunteer support for this month:
We held our monthly Adopt A Box event for the Alspaugh's ACE Kingwood location on September 17, 2016. As you can see by these smiling faces all of our volunteers (the awesome Kingwood NCL group) thoroughly enjoyed meeting Alspaugh's customers, and these customers were, as always, very generous in donating funds to help defray the cost of postage for care packages!
On September 11, 2016, the staff from Woodlands Township, along with the Magnolia's NCL group, packed care packages for deployed troops. The items that were donated for this packing party were a result of a collection drive that the staff and coordinators of Woodlands Township hosted for us at National Night Out:
Here are pictures from our September 3, 2016, Adopt A Box event at Alspaugh's ACE Woodlands store. We invite customers to help defray the cost of postage for our care packages. As you can see, our little ones enjoyed drawing pictures on the boxes!
We love it when our deployed troops send us pictures to show their appreciaton for the care package items that we send them! These pillow cases were made by one of our NCL Chapters (a mother/daughter organization!) and our troops received them in August, 2016:
On August 13, 2016, the King's Trail NCL group provided awesome volunteer support for our monthly Adopt A Box event at the Alspaugh's ACE Kingwood location!
This dentist donated toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss for our Care Package Program!:
August 6, 2016, was the day we held our monthly Adopt a Box event at the Alspaugh's ACE Woodlands location! Volunteers from the Bluebonnet NCL provided the awesome volunteer support for this month!
On July 23 we held our monthly Adopt A Box event at the Alspaugh's ACE Hardware Kingwood location in which we invite the customers to make a donation to help defray the cost of postage for a flat rate care package box going to troops deployed in harm's way:
On July 22 Anadarko Petroleum Company once again supported us by holding another packing party, but this time it was to pack up items for care packages from the Strike Construction Drive:
On July 9, 2016, we held our monthly Adopt A Box event at the Alspaugh's ACE Woodlands location. Many thanks to the Woodlands NCL group for volunteering to make this event such a success! God bless this Woodlands NCL group and all of Alspaugh's customers for helping us support our troops deployed in harms' way!
During the month of June, 2016, Anadarko Petroleum Company held their Annual Collection Drive for Troops to benefit our Care Package Program. Then, on June 29 they held a packing party at their office to pack those items for the care packages:
On June 13, 2016, we held another Packing Party (to pack care packages for deployed troops) at The Conservatory in The Woodlands, Texas. This month it was the Magnolia's NCL group who provided awesome support for this event!
On June 11, 2016, we held our June Adopt A Box event at the Alspaugh's ACE Woodlands location:
Our May Adopt A Box event at the Kingwood Alspaugh's ACE location was held on May 21, 2016:
On May 14, 2016, we held our May Adopt a Box event at the Woodlands Alspaugh's ACE location:
On May 3, 2016, The Lake Houston NCL Chapter delivered the latest wave of beautiful pillow cases as part of the Sleep Tight 2 project! The notes coming back from our deployed troops clearly indicate that these have been a huge success in conveying the love and "You're Not Forgotten" message to our men and women deployed in harm's way! some of these pillow cases will also be passed out at our December 4-5 free PX at the San Antonio Military Medical Center. Thank you so much!
Our April Adopt A Box event at the Kingwood location was held on April 30, 2016:
We held another successful Adopt A Box event on April 16, 2016, at the Alspaugh's ACE Hardware Woodlands location. We collected over $950 in donations to cover the cost of sending care packages to our deployed troops!
On April 4, 2016, OME received 209 cases (2,503 packages) of Girl Scout Cookies that were donated by 40 troops and over 100 girls from 4 local Girl Scout Communities in the Klein ISD and Tomball ISD areas! This exceeded the number donated last year by almost 500 packages! These cookies will be mailed to men and women of our military deployed in harm's way! Thank you so much, Girl Scouts of Troop 13514!!
On March 19, 2016, OME held its monthly Adopt A Box event at the Alspaugh's ACE Hardware Kingwood location: (an event in which we invite the customers to help defray the cost of postage for care packages for troops deployed in harm's way):
March 12, 2016, OME again held its monthly Adopt A Box event at the Alspaugh's ACE Hardware Woodlands location:
On February 20, 2016, we held the first ever Adopt A Box event at the Alspaugh's ACE Kingwood location! Thank you, Susie, for being our Leader for this Kingwood location's Adopt A Box events. And, a big Texas thank you to Alspaugh's Kingwood location for allowing us to hold these monthly events at their location also!
February 14, 2016: One of the more frequent supporters of Operation Military Embrace each year continues to be The Woodlands Children's Museum, located in Panther Creek in the Woodlands, Texas! The creative staff at TWCM continually develops special projects for their Moms/Kids to show love and appreciation to our Military. They also host various collections throughout the year, gathering much-needed items for OME to send in care packages to our deployed men and women. For Valentine's Day 2016, their kids made some beautiful Valentines for OME to include in care packages:
On February 13, 2016, we held our second Adopt a Box event for 2016. As always, it was held in front of Alpsaugh's ACE Hardware in the Woodlands. Thank you Alspaugh's for continuing to allow us to hold these events in front of your store!
During these Adopt A Box events we ask the children of ACE customers to draw pictures on these care package boxes. Here are some examples of their beautiful artwork:
Starting in the month of February: We have some very creative Moms and daughters in our community who have designed a special project called Operation Sleep Tight-2 to convey love and smiles to our many men and women deployed in harm's way and to the ill/injured warriors receiving treatment at San Antonio Military Medical Center and at Camp Hope in Houston. Ten chapters of National Charity League in District 17 started making hand-crafted pillow cases, each one with a unique design, which are then donated to Operation Military Embrace to pass along to the military. These have been used by OME to convey to our men and women deployed in harm's way that they are appreciated and not forgotten!
On January 23, 2016, we held an Adopt a Box Event at Alspaugh's ACE Hardware in the Woodlands in which customers at that store were invited to donate funds to help defray the cost of postage for sending care packages to deployed troops.
On January 18, 2016, we held our first Packing Party for 2016 in which volunteers package up the donated goods for care packages that we send to troops deployed in harm's way.: