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Yes, Even You Can Save the World!

 

In the Summer and Fall of 2015, my team and I had the pleasure to work with Operation Give in raising funds and supplies to send to the children and women living in the refugee camps in Kurdistan, which is in Northern Iraq.

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Most of these refugees had to flee their homes due to ISIS forces threat of genocide. Ironrod Media helped Operation Give raise more than $20,000 so we could send them these containers.

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The need has deepened and there are even more lives in peril as ISIS begins to expand its forces across the map of Asia and Africa. If you are in a position to donate funds and supplies, please do so at www.operationgive.org. Operation Give is a registered nonprofit and is maintained by an all-volunteer team.

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With this experience, I learned that even if you do not have any cash to donate that your skills and talents are just as valuable to those in need. I learned some valuable lessons from my friend Mary Scott the President of Fishbowl. She taught me you can still run a business and make a difference in the world. Fishbowl allowed us to conduct a donation drive in the Fall of 2015. I recently had the pleasure to listen to a talk by Elder Patrick Kearon were he spoke upon the importance of reaching out to the refugees across the globe. When pondering how to help please don’t wait to have a grand plan. The simplest acts tend to have the most impact. Just go and do!

Celebrating the Life of Elaine Ward


Thank for all you gave to Operation Give



W0013716-1_20151121W0013716-2_20151121Back in 2004, shortly after my return from my second deployment to Iraq, one day, out of the blue, a woman called me up on the phone asking if she could be involved in Operation Give. She said she heard about us on the news and wanted to volunteer to help anyway she could to make Operation Give successful. From that day forward Elaine Ward and of course her husband Steve Ward, her trusty sidekick, were there right along with me every step of the way and in most cases they were out front leading the way for Operation Give. In many cases, due to my work schedule at FedEx, my deployments and my military assignments overseas in Korea, Elaine has been the driving force for many of our wonderful programs at Operation Give.

For those of you who don’t know this, Elaine has had many serious health issues over the years, from bone cancer - to a leg amputation (which forced her to be wheelchair bound for many years) - to needing to be on oxygen

Operation-Christmas-Stocking 224-7 due to a vehicle accident which collapsed her lungs. As long as I have known her, she has heroically fought through continual pain and suffering; enduring many close calls, many operations and long stays at the hospital and up at the Huntsman Cancer Center.


Another interesting point is that Elaine and Steve live in Richmond, Utah, north of Logan Utah, approximately 2 hours by car from Salt Lake City, Utah, where the Operation Give warehouse is. Elaine and Steve have religiously once or twice a week or as often as needed, have made the long trek driving both ways in a day through all kinds of weather (and that area of northern Utah has severe winter weather), just to take care of things at the warehouse or to tend a booth at a Expo or to buy additional supplies.

Even so, regardless of her many challenges, never once did I hear her complain about her condition and most of the time she would never even mention anything about her current condition good or bad. Many times I didn’t even know she had been in the hospital again or had additional complications. She never once used her disability as a reason for not wanting or not able to do something; actually on the contrary I think she drove even harder, requiring more from all of us just to try to keep up with her.

No matter no matter she would always just drive on; with all the energy she could muster and with all her might. And boy was she a force to recon with, once she set her mind on something. She really did it all, in so many ways, beyond my capacity to put words to adequately describe her dedication and contribution over the years.

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Elaine recently passed away a few days before Thanksgiving, while I was traveling through Eastern Europe with my wife. I returned back to South Korea on Thanksgiving Day to find out that her funeral had been held just the day before. Her passing came as such a shock to my wife and I, one that we haven’t really fully realized or accepted yet. It is just too strange to think that she is no longer going to be there to take care of the day-to-day affairs of Operation Give.

She is irreplaceable in so many ways. She gave us her all and dedicated herself to keeping Operation Give going, with full purpose of heart and all the love she could share. She was and is an inspiration to all of us, one I will never forget.

All I can say is thanks Elaine, from the bottom of my heart, for all you have done, for your great example and for showing me the way to live. You will be deeply missed. I still find myself looking for your emails or waiting for your phone calls, to let me know how things are going.

I am sure you are glad to be rid of all the difficulties and challenges of your physical body that you experienced here on earth and I am sure you are already involved in many new projects up there. We will see you again soon, I am sure.

Love

Paul and Keeyeon Holton
Chief Wiggles

 
 

Chief Wiggles On ISIS, Al Jazeera America, “Collateral Kindness” & Operation Give

 

d4cde8_bfdca4a5de08412eaed749bee657d2afI came across Chief Wiggles after hearing about a book he had written called “Collateral Kindness.”  Not a usual read for me, I couldn’t help but respond to the nagging sensation that this book was one that I should pick up.  After all, any book written by a guy confident enough to invite others to call him “Chief Wiggles” throughout his life would, obviously, have something interesting to say.  Read More...

 


For more information about Operation Give and to donate to Operation Give, visit us online at: www.OperationGive.org

 

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This project is being carried out by Operation Give, an "America Supports You" organization who works throughout the year to Support American Troops. This is our 11th year of Operation Christmas Stocking. Again help us send 10,000 to 20,000 Stockings to the Troops in Afghanistan & other countries. This Holiday Season, help us send stockings to the Troops to Afghanistan & other areas. Donate $1 or more per Stocking online or send us a check.

You can make your own stockings, we will have filled stockings available for purchase, or create Gift Bags or Decorate boxes.

Christ like Acts of Kindness: “Operation Christmas Stocking”

Echoing the words of Glenn Beck, I too believe the world we live in to be out of control; with everything being either on fire or upside down, figuratively speaking. Everything that once was good is now thought to be bad and everything that once was considered evil is now good. I don't even recognize America any more. I believe the American people to be for the most part the same, but I don’t recognize the stops we are making along the path we are headed down.

One need but read the headlines of the top news stories of just today, to catch a glimpse of what I am talking about. “More Cops being assassinated”, “US Senate sides with our enemy Iran and against God’s people the Jews”, “Planned Parenthood receives additional Government funding”, “11-year Army Veteran dishonorably discharged for hitting Afghanistan Police Chief in the face for raping a 10-year-old boy”, “Yet another Syrian Christian community overrun by ISIS and given ultimatum to leave or be killed”, “Syrian Christian refugees unwanted in Europe”, “Young teenage boy in U.S, says he feels like a girl and wants to shower with the girls and wants to use the girl’s bathroom”, “Black-lives-matter”- black supremacist group vows to kill all whites”, “Government agrees to transplant whole communities of Muslim Somalis to Minneapolis, but can’t bring in Christians from Iraq and Syria”.

With the constant barrage of craziness from our news media, one can’t help but ask the question “What can we do to perhaps bring some degree of normalcy back in our lives?”. “How do we preserve our sanity?”

The answer can be found in the Bible, Acts 20:35, “I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive”.

The act of giving to the weak and to those in need can heal the body and the spirit and bring us closer to Jesus Christ, who through his atoning sacrifice and his resurrection gave us all the gift of eternal life.

In the course of all this discussion about what lives matter, I say to all of you that our soldier’s lives matter. Let us not be so distracted by the insanity of the world that we forget the lives of all those who continue to serve our nation, each and every day by putting their lives on the line.

Over the past 10 plus years our men and women in the armed forces have answered the call and have sacrificed much for our country. Even while their images fade and are for the most part absent from any news reports and from the national consciousness of the American people, they continue to proudly serve in silence. Many have multiple tours to combat areas in the Middle East. Many have been separated from their families and loved ones for extended periods of time. Many have physical and emotional scares they will have to deal with the rest of their life.

According to a recent report, one out of every ten veterans alive today have been seriously injured at some point while serving in the military, and three-quarters of those injuries occurred in combat. For many of these 2.2 million wounded warriors, the physical and emotional consequences of their wounds will continue to endure long after they have left the military.

Veterans who have suffered major service-related injuries are more than twice as likely as their more fortunate comrades to say they have had difficulties readjusting to civilian life. They are almost three times as likely as other veterans to report they have suffered from post-traumatic stress (PTS). And they are less likely in later life to be in overall good health or to hold full-time jobs.

But, do they complain about their circumstances or the consequences of their service? With little fanfare or pageantry their quiet patriotism rings out to an almost deaf populace; who appear to be more caught up in their own Facebook and Twitter quotes than to recognize the sacrifices being made by our military heroes.

Where is our Christ like acts of kindness for our troops serving in far off lands, who will be away from their families and loved ones during this Christmas Season.

For the 12th year running Operation Give is providing you an opportunity to show your support through giving the gift of Christmas to our men and women serving in the military in Afghanistan and South Korea (where some 30,000 troops are serving)

This month we are kicking off Operation Christmas Stocking, in hopes of yet again being able to stuff thousands of Christmas Stockings, with all kinds of great wonderful things for our troops. We hope to be able to ship between 8,000 to 10,000 Christmas Stockings to soldiers in Afghanistan and South Korea, distributed by volunteers from the USO.

This is your chance to be part of this great Giving Event, Operation Christmas Stocking. This is a way for you to communicate your support, love and appreciation for all our men and women in the armed forces do to make our world a safer place.

Stuff your own stockings, or send in items to be stuffed into stockings at our warehouse.

We need your help. Contact Elaine Ward at Operation Give to find out how you might help, 435 512 4956 or email her at elaine@operationgive.org

Now is the time to give of your time and resources to help make this possible.

HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS OF ITEMS YOU CAN SEND IN CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS TO OUR TROOPS:

 
  • Christmas Cards

  • iTunes Cards

  • Long socks

  • CD's/DVD's

  • Games, Dominos, Yo-yo, Playing Cards

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Deodorant

  • Shoe deodorizers

  • Foot powder for Athlete's foot

  • Travel clock

  • Powdered seasonings,marinades, sauces & spices 
  • Dry erase markers board with it before sending!
  • Reading Books 
  • American flags items-
  • Office supplies: tape,  Large small note pads 

  • GPS watch, compass 

  • Nerf footballs, Frisbee 
  • Charcoal briquettes 

  • Wet wipes

  • Body Face Lotions

  • Body Face soaps

  • Eye Drops

  • Sunglasses

  • Shampoo Conditioner

  • Bug spray

  • Calendar

  • Shaving Cream

  • Disposable razors

  • Small flashlight

  • Sunscreen

  •  Disposable camera-  include a photo of yourself Gum, Granola bars, beef erky, crackers, cheesewhiz, peanut butter, powdered drinks, etc.
  • Non-perishable-food -Cookies, Candies,
  • Send small trees with
  • Chocolate, fudge, nuts

 

  • Lip balm

  • Small multi-tool

  • Clip on Lights

  • AT&T Calling cards

  • Tiny personal fan

  • Pen/Mechanical pencil

  • SD Cards/Thumb Drives

  • Toothbrush & paste

  • Dental floss

  • Individual pkg. of tissue

  • Protein Powder mixes

  • Canned air hand duster

  • Cash Christmas decorations
  • Healthy Snacks 
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Also you can send toys for the troops to give out to the children, which will bring smiles to both the children and our soldier heroes. Please include your name and address or email address in the stockings!

Please don't forget the troops who are away from their loved ones during the holidays guarding your freedoms. Help us by donating to our $25,000 shipping costs!

Please don't forget the troops who are away from their loved ones during the holidays,

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 WE MUST GET STARTED EARLY- This is the 11th year of Operation Christmas Stocking! Early deadline for Stockings to arrive at our warehouse is Nov 6th. Late deadline is NOVEMBER 30th!

2275 South 900 West, Dock 49 , Salt Lake City, Utah 84119

 www.operationgive.org  435.512.4956 


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Please Help Us Prepare for Operation Christmas Stocking 2015

Christ like Acts of Kindness: “Operation Christmas Stocking”

Echoing the words of Glenn Beck, I too believe the world we live in to be out of control; with everything being either on fire or upside down, figuratively speaking. Everything that once was good is now thought to be bad and everything that once was considered evil is now good. I don't even recognize America any more. I believe the American people to be for the most part the same, but I don’t recognize the stops we are making along the path we are headed down. 

One need but read the headlines of the top news stories of just today, to catch a glimpse of what I am talking about. “More Cops being assassinated”, “US Senate sides with our enemy Iran and against God’s people the Jews”, “Planned Parenthood receives additional Government funding”, “11-year Army Veteran dishonorably discharged for hitting Afghanistan Police Chief in the face for raping a 10-year-old boy”, “Yet another Syrian Christian community overrun by ISIS and given ultimatum to leave or be killed”, “Syrian Christian refugees unwanted in Europe”, “Young teenage boy in U.S, says he feels like a girl and wants to shower with the girls and wants to use the girl’s bathroom”, “Black-lives-matter”- black supremacist group vows to kill all whites”, “Government agrees to transplant whole communities of Muslim Somalis to Minneapolis, but can’t bring in Christians from Iraq and Syria”.

With the constant barrage of craziness from our news media, one can’t help but ask the question “What can we do to perhaps bring some degree of normalcy back in our lives?”. “How do we preserve our sanity?”

The answer can be found in the Bible, Acts 20:35, “I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive”. 

The act of giving to the weak and to those in need can heal the body and the spirit and bring us closer to Jesus Christ, who through his atoning sacrifice and his resurrection gave us all the gift of eternal life.

In the course of all this discussion about what lives matter, I say to all of you that our soldier’s lives matter. Let us not be so distracted by the insanity of the world that we forget the lives of all those who continue to serve our nation, each and every day by putting their lives on the line. 

Where is our Christ like acts of kindness for our troops serving in far off lands, who will be away from their families and loved ones during this Christmas Season. 

For the 12th year running Operation Give is providing you an opportunity to show your support through giving the gift of Christmas to our men and women serving in the military in Afghanistan and South Korea (where some 30,000 troops are serving) 

This month we are kicking off Operation Christmas Stocking, in hopes of yet again being able to stuff thousands of Christmas Stockings, with all kinds of great wonderful things for our troops. We hope to be able to ship between 8,000 to 10,000 Christmas Stockings to soldiers in Afghanistan and South Korea, distributed by volunteers from the USO. 

This is your chance to be part of this great Giving Event, Operation Christmas Stocking. This is a way for you to communicate your support, love and appreciation for all our men and women in the armed forces do to make our world a safer place. 

Over the past 10 plus years our men and women in the armed forces have answered the call and have sacrificed much for our country. Even while their images fade and are for the most part absent from any news reports and from the national consciousness of the American people, they continue to proudly serve in silence. Many have multiple tours to combat areas in the Middle East. Many have been separated from their families and loved ones for extended periods of time. Many have physical and emotional scares they will have to deal with the rest of their life. 

According to a recent report, one out of every ten veterans alive today have been seriously injured at some point while serving in the military, and three-quarters of those injuries occurred in combat. For many of these 2.2 million wounded warriors, the physical and emotional consequences of their wounds will continue to endure long after they have left the military.

Veterans who have suffered major service-related injuries are more than twice as likely as their more fortunate comrades to say they have had difficulties readjusting to civilian life. They are almost three times as likely as other veterans to report they have suffered from post-traumatic stress (PTS). And they are less likely in later life to be in overall good health or to hold full-time jobs. 

But, do they complain about their circumstances or the consequences of their service? With little fanfare or pageantry their quiet patriotism rings out to an almost deaf populace; who appear to be more caught up in their own Facebook and Twitter quotes than to recognize the sacrifices being made by our military heroes.

We need your help. Contact Elaine Ward at Operation Give to find out how you might help, 435 512 4956 or email her at elaine@operationgive.org

Now is the time to give of your time and resources to help make this possible. 

Here is a list of items that are needed and wanted by our troops overseas. 

• Christmas Cards• iTunes Cards• Long socks• CD’s/DVD’s• Games, Dominos, Yo-yo,Playing Cards• Hand sanitizer• Deodorant• Shoe deodorizers• Foot powder for Athlete’s foot• Travel clock• Wet wipes• Body & Face Lotions• Body & Face soaps• Eye Drops• Sunglasses• Shampoo / Conditioner• Bug spray• Calendar• Shaving Cream• Disposable razors• Small flashlight• Sunscreen• Lip balm• Small multi-tool• Clip on Lights• AT&T Calling cards• Tiny personal fan• Pen/Mechanical pencil• SD Cards/Thumb Drives• Toothbrush & paste• Dental floss• Individual pkg. of tissue• Protein Powder mixes• Canned air / hand duster• Powdered seasonings, marinades, sauces & spices• Dry erase markers / board• Reading Books• American flags• Office supplies: tape, Large / small note pads• GPS watch, compass• Nerf footballs, Frisbee• Charcoal briquettes• Cash• Healthy Snacks• Disposable camera—include a photo of yourself with it before sending!• Non-perishable-food items—Cookies, Candies, Gum, Granola bars, beef jerky, crackers, cheesewhiz, peanut butter, powdered drinks, etc.• Send small trees with Christmas decorations• Chocolate, fudge, nuts* Healthy snacks



 


 

 

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Help us Help The Victims of ISIS!  

Read more by clicking on the image below, or by clicking here!

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 Operation Northern Iraqi Refugee Relief

Help us send two forty-foot ocean container loads of humanitarian supplies to the Christian and Yazidi refugees now finding refuge in the Northern Iraqi City of Erbil, by donating items to Operation Give. 

For many of you who followed Paul’s blog back in 2010 and 2011, while he was deployed to Camp Marez/ Camp Diamond on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq, you might recall all of his blog posts relating to the two Iraqi Sheikhs he worked closely with; who lived in the Nineveh province in Northern Iraq. Together they took humanitarian supplies to many schools, hospitals and poor neighborhoods throughout the Ninevah province, working side by side helping the Christians in Qaraqosh ( Al Hamdaniya) and Alqosh, the Yazidies from the Mt. Sinjar area, and poor Muslims (Sunni and Shiite alike) throughout the Nineveh plains. You might recall they set up street lights surrounding the city of Hamdaniya to protect the Christians living there from outside would be intruders and attackers. You might remember they set up a soccer league for the kids in the two Sheikh’s village of Nemrud and had a championship game out in what was a corn field. They also gave out many micro-loans for Iraqis of any religion to start up small businesses throughout the area. 

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Due to the savagery of ISIS (ISIL) all of that has been destroyed. All that they tried to do to help those people is lost; except for the memories that now exist in their hearts and minds. All of the Christians and Yazidies in the area have either been murdered or have fled to Erbil; protected now only by the Kurdish Peshmerga militia; forced to leave everything they owned behind and their cities now all but deserted. Thousands upon thousands have been slaughtered. 

The news articles below should shed some light on the current conditions 


READ THE FULL STORY HERE

 

May is National Military Appreciation Month designated by Congress. In order to show our appreciation,

Operation Give would like to provide you with an opportunity to show your appreciation through “OPERATION TROOP SUPPORT

We would like to provide you a way to reach out and build a bridge to all those on active duty in all branches of the services, to the National Guard/Reserves, to retirees, to veterans, and to their families—a total
of well over 90 million Americans and more than 230 years of military history— More importantly to build a bridge and provide you a conduit to show your support for our Troops that are away from home serving this great nation abroad.

Operation Troop Support, is one program that provides opportunities for all of us to participate in the bridge building process.

• We send care packages year around to troops deployed throughout
the world in order to express the thanks of caring citizens. These care packages are full of wonderful much needed items, donated by every day citizens throughout the United States. During the Christmas Season these care packages take on the shape of Christmas Stockings full of all kinds of personal hygiene items, books, CD’s and other Christmas goodies.

• We provide special items for military families holding down the fort at home, who have special needs. At times these can be special items needed on a case by case basis, or items that perhaps all children would enjoy any time.

• We send boxes of humanitarian supplies directly to service men and women so they may also be involved
in the giving process; as they build bridges to the people in the countries they are serving. These are in the shape of school supplies, dental hygiene kits, new born baby kits, soccer balls and soccer gear, shoes, blankets/quilts, tools, etc.

• We provide care packages to brighten up the lives of our aging veterans in nursing homes.

THINGS OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN NEED:

• CD’s/DVD’s

• Video Games, Chess, Checkers, Dominos, Yo-yos, Playing Cards

• Hand sanitizers, Deodorant, Shoe deodorizers, Foot powder for Athlete’s foot, shoe inserts

• Wet wipes, Body & Face Lotions, Body & Face soaps, Eye Drops, feminine hygiene products

• Shampoo / Conditioner, body wash,

• Bug spray, Shaving Cream, Disposable razors, Sunscreen, Lip balm

• Small flashlights, Small multi-tools, Clip on Lights, fingernail clippers

• AT&T Calling cards, tiny personal fans, Pen/Mechanical pencils

• SD Cards/Thumb Drives, iTune Cards, gift certificates

• Toothbrush & paste, Dental floss, Individual pkg. of tissue, disinfectant wipes

• Protein Powder mixes

• Reading Books, paperback books, American flags,

• GPS watch, compass

• Nerf footballs, Frisbees, soccer balls,

• Healthy Snacks, vitamins, cold medicine

• Non-perishable-food items—Cookies, Candies, Gum, Granola bars, beef jerky, crackers, Cheesewhiz, peanut butter, powdered drinks, Gatorade powder, etc. 

 

We are in dire need of a variety of items to support Operation Troop Support, Operation Dental Hygiene and Operation Play Soccer. 

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We continue to ship items to deployed soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and South Korea. And of course to their families in need back home here in the states.

We also continue to ship dental hygiene kits to various family service groups and other community organizations in need both here and abroad. 

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Collect  4 Toothbrushes, toothpaste, Dental Floss and Mouthwash and put in small bag or gallon zippered plastic bag.

 

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 As part of our Soccer Diplomacy we continue to ship soccer balls and soccer equipment to youth groups in ourcommunity and to soldiers abroad who interact with children in other countries. 

Help our Troops with Soccer Diplomacy!

What do children in the US and children in Countries at War? A great love for soccer! Children in Iraq and Afghanistan love soccer so much, they’ll play the game with any kind of ball they can get their hands on, including rocks. In the USA our children are fortunate to have the all the resources and soccer supplies they need and more. And I am sure all of you have extras that are slightly used or ones that are now too small. We would like to give everyone an opportunity to donate their new or slightly used equipment, in order to help put cleats on the feet and so

 

What to Do? Share the Equipment! Are your closets filled with used cleats, uniforms, and balls? Instead of throwing them away, donate them to Operation Give to send to the Troops.

Contact Soccer Teams and leagues about having their players bring good uniforms and soccer equipment to send to Operation Give or drop off at our warehouse.

Help the children have Cleats, Uniforms and Soccer Balls, so that the Troops can help set up Teams of Soccer Players in the countries they are serving in. Please deflate soccer balls and include a small hand pump whenever possible.

 

Act now and don’t miss this opportunity to ship for free. 


 

 

Operation Christmas Stocking


Ha'apai Cyclone Relief

Please join us in sending relief to those who have suffered in the Ha'apai Cyclone.  Below is a short video with more information.

 

 

Plase use the PayPal Donate Button to Help Us Send Aid

In November, Operation Give is heading to Tonga to deliver shipping containers full of supplies to those who are still suffering from the effects of the cyclone that hit tonga in January of this year.  There are still thousands of Tongans without power or a home.  The Tongan community has band together to donate supplies, food, and clotning to the Tongan people who desperatly need their support. Please donate to this project as soon as possible.  We need help paying for the dilvery of these supplies. 


 

Buy a Rechargable Battery Charger for Your Electronics

And help support a good cause.  Any money earned from the sale of these really cool devises will got towards humanitarian aid efforts by Operatoin Give.

 

 

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Purchase Paul Holton's latest book Collateral Kindness Today.


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 Hi,  Watch for information about Fox news with
Gretchan Carlson to interview Paul Holton and discuss Iraq?

Click Here to Hear Paul Holton's UPR Interview

 
  
Recent Events Have Caused Widespread
Humanitarian Crisis for Iraqi Children
Springvile, UT--06/17/2014--The recent attacks by the ISIS forces have caused widespread havoc for a lot of children in Iraq. Chief Warrant Officer Paul Holton is concerned about the stability of the Iraqi government and the welfare of the children he has worked with through his charity Operation Give. 

The liberation of Iraq and freedom for the Iraqi people came at great cost to the United States and to the men and women in the military who served there, but there is so much more to the story than the news media would have you believe.

 

Did you know that the average Iraqi greatly appreciates the sacrifices the U.S. made and all of the good that was done to help make Iraq safer and to give the people there a fresh start and a hope for a brighter future? Did you know that the majority of Iraqis are wonderful, loving, hospitable people who desire many of the same things we do?

 

Collateral Kindness is the untold story of Paul Holton, chief warrant officer and army interrogator, and his interactions with the Iraqi people-their warmth and kindness, their appreciation, and their deep love and respect for the U.S. soldier, now seen in ways that the average American never knew about. Collateral Kindness provides a glimpse of one soldier's successful efforts to win the Iraqis' hearts and minds.

 

"There is a personal, humanistic side to the war not depicted in any other stories coming out of Iraq. We, the U.S. military, were so successful in breaking through language and cultural barriers with the Iraqi people and accomplished so much good that has never been reported."

 

True stories of the Iraqi war are now accounted for in "Collateral Kindness: The True Story of an Army Interrogator in Iraq." This is the other, more positive and more human side of the story never told about what the army was really doing there.

 

 

About Collateral Kindness:
Collateral Kindness is the gripping, heartwarming story of US Army interrogator Paul Holton's soul-searching personal battles during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Every day, Paul faced down his enemies, but when he had to face a suffering Iraqi child behind a barbed-wire fence, his life changed. This fascinating account from the front lines illustrates the simple truth that kindness can heal even the deepest wound. 

About Paul Holton:

Paul Holton, better known as "Chief Wiggles," is the founder of Operation Give, a humanitarian organization that ships, school supplies, toys, medical supplies, shoes, clothing, and sports equipment to children in war-torn and devastated nations through the world, especially where the US military is serving. Many became acquainted with Chief Wiggles through his detailed and inspiring wartime "blog" on the internet written during his deployments to the Middle East. As a CW5 Chief Warrant Officer in the US Army for the past 41 years, he has served as an interrogator and Korean linguist. He has been to Iraq three times and to South Korea more than 50 times, functioning as an interrogation team chief, interpreter, de-briefer, and most recently as the 8th Army Commander's Key leader engagement officer in South Korea, where he is currently serving. Holton was sent to the Middle East in 1991 during Operation Desert Storm, where he screened and interrogated hundreds of Iraqis. Saving Babylon recounts his experiences in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, from the start of the war in 2003, through the capture of Saddam Hussein, and then through the release of most prisoners and well into the rebuilding phase of the conflict. Paul has worked for FedEx for the past 21 years, and is currently a Worldwide Account Manager. He has also taught Supply Chain management, Internet Marketing, and Operation Management at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University, as an adjunct professor. He is the father of four children and resides in Salt Lake City with his wife Keeyeon.

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Rozelle Hansen
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(801) 489 4084
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Northwest Regional Sales Manager
(801) 852-3223
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For information on Operation Give contact:
Elaine
Operation Give
435-512-4956

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Winning Hearts and Minds Through Giving.

The mission of Operation Give is to give hope to the deprived and disconnected people of the world; most often where the U.S. military is serving. We provide the much needed material humanitarian supplies and resources to the U.S. Military men and women so they in turn can distribute these items to the people they come in contact with. Operation Give gives hope to people in war-torn countries and to people suffering from natural disasters. We build bridges through giving; spanning cultural differences and language barriers; speaking the international language of love through giving.

Serving our Military Families:

Operation Give’s mission is also to serve our men and women in the military and their military families. Through giving, we express the appreciation of a grateful nation and let them know their service has not been forgotten. We help provide for their families while deployed and give them and others the opportunities to participate in the giving process; as they take catch the giving spirit and become involved in the different giving programs.

Giving helps to save lives through Collateral Kindness. 

Our Mission in Action:

Looking back over the past 11 years, since the inception of Operation Give, I have yet to receive one request from anyone serving in the military asking for supplies for themselves. Not one soldier, airman, seaman or marine has ever asked us to send items to them for personal use. Instead, it has always been requests for items they need to give out to others; for the people in the areas they are serving in, for kids in a school, for children in an orphanage and on and on.

No matter where the US military is serving in the world or in whatever capacity, our US military men and women, as they in the course of their duty, see someone in need and have a desire to help. It appears to be the basic nature of those serving in the military to want to help the people in the war-torn countries they go to, or the people suffering from some type of natural disaster, or to help children suffering from a variety of different tragedies. There is always collateral kindness, no matter where we go in the world.

The problem is that these men and women serving in the military do not have supplies or access to supplies of humanitarian-aide, nor does the military itself have the ability to provide the much needed humanitarian supplies. The soldiers, airmen seamen and marines are even forbidden by regulation from soliciting any type of aide or support in this area. (And I know this reg through personal experiences, read my book “Collateral Kindness”)  To read More about Mission Statement CLICK!

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Celebrating Military Appreciation Month:

Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month in 1999 to ensure the nation was given the opportunity to publically demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our service members - past and present. As you contemplate the importance of our military in the history of our nation and think of ways you might show your appreciation to our service members, please think of Operation Give.

With our various projects and operations (you can see on our website), we have continued to ship items our service members have requested; ultimately destined for the people they desire to help. Operation Give will continue to supply humanitarian supplies to our service members, as long as the desire to help another continues. Everything we collect gets shipped out to wherever it is needed most.

As service members go about their business of killing bad guys, liberating and freeing those in bondage, and winning the hearts and minds of the people, our soldiers, airmen, seamen and marines will be the cause of much collateral kindness. And we at Operation Give will continue to be focused on supplying humanitarian-aid to soldiers and their families and providing all of them an opportunity to catch the spirit of giving.

Don’t forget to show your appreciation to our service members, any way you can.

Chief Wiggles

“Doing it the wiggles way”

99% of the money we collect goes to buying additional much needed items or to pay for the shipping of goods overseas.100% of the items we collect go to people who need them. Everyone at Operation Give is a volunteer.

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