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Counting of Blessings once again:

Over shish kabobs, humus and pita bread, last night I had the good fortune of having dinner with Najat Abdullah, representative of the Kurdish Regional Government.

For many years Operation Give had been sending humanitarian supplies to Iraq through various US military channels, in order to get essential supplies to those who needed them most. As long as the US military was in Iraq, they represented an efficient and effective distribution means. After the US military left Iraq, our delivery channels basically dried up and it became almost impossible for Operation Give to get humanitarian supplies to refugees in Iraq. There was just no one we could trust. Read More…

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Builders Without Borders

Builders Without Borders

History

Operation Give has recently donated supplies and volunteered to help Builders Without Borders; this is their story.

In 2004, a few families, (who are now on the Board of Trustees of Builders Without Borders of Utah) were invited to travel to Mexico, under the umbrella of a charitable organization, to build homes. The experience was both fantastic and discouraging. Clearly, there was a desperate need to help families who were living in unsound and unsafe conditions. However, when arriving in Mexico, there was no instruction nor direction provided for the building of the homes. Houses were slapped together haphazardly, and one had to wonder why we were paying 5% of our fundraising monies to the charity.

And thus the seeds were planted to create a more comprehensive organization. Why couldn’t we start our own organization and have 100% of donated monies go directly towards the projects? Why couldn’t we train our volunteers in proper building techniques? Certainly, we can create functioning and structurally sound homes that are tailor made for each family. And shouldn’t we include micro-industry and teaching workshops into our philanthropic endeavors?

And so, Builders Without Borders of Utah was created in 2006. All administrative costs are donated. No one receives a salary. 100% of funds donated by contributors goes directly towards the projects. The homes and businesses that we build are structurally sound, safe, and designed specifically for each recipient. And our volunteers pay their own way in addition to contributing money towards the projects.

Each year since our inception, our volunteer forces have doubled, and our micro-industry efforts have multiplied. But most importantly, life-long friendships have been made and lives have been eternally blessed on both sides of the border.

Learn More Here…

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Operation Christmas Stocking

Operation Christmas Stocking

LET’S GET BEHIND OUR TROOPS 100%

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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 ussend 10,000 to 20,000 Stockings to the Troops inAfghanistan & other countries. This Holiday Season, help us send stockings to the Troops toAfghanistan & other areas. Donate $1 or moreper 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 Paul Holton at Operation Give to find out how you might help, email Paul at wigglesholton@yahoo.com

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

 

Also you can send toys for the troops to give out to the children, which will bring smiles to both thechildren and our soldier heroes. Please include your name and address or email address in thestockings!

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,

Screenshot_2015-05-05_11.06.12.pngC H I EF W I G G LE S……OPERATION  

 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

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Norther Iraq Refugees

Norther Iraq Refugees

Operation Give to Deliver 1 Million Pounds of Supplies to Refugees

Operation Give led by Chief Warrant Officer Paul Holton will be delivering 1 million pounds of humanitarian supplies to refugees in Northern Iraq. There are approximately 2.5 million refugees who have fled the savagery of ISIS. Operation Give has developed relationships with the Kurdish Regional Government and has permission to ship 10 large shipping containers to the Christian and Yazidi refugees.

 The humanitarian need has grown increasingly dire. Last winter Operation Give delivered two containers of supplies to Iraq. In order to deliver on this goal Operation Give needs to raise $100,000. They are raising funds on http://www.plumfund.com/charity-fundraising/OperationGive and on their site, www.operationgive.org.

Operation Give will be holding a donation drive at Mesa Moving and Storage on August 27th. From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The address is: 2275 South 900 West Dock 49, Salt Lake City, UT 84119

Operation Give is a registered 5013c.

All funds received will be used to transport, deliver and obtain supplies. We are seeking donations of both cash and supplies. Feel free to donate both here or at www.operationgive.org.

The Operation Give Foundation was established and registered in Salt Lake City, Utah in November of 2004. There is a small group of volunteers in Salt Lake City, Utah and a group of people, both military personnel and nationals, who continue to assist in making it possible to continue funneling all of the donations from around the world to the Operation Give teams in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries.

The donated supplies continue to be distributed to children in schools and orphanages, to people in poor conditions and to US soldiers who are attempting to make a difference in their own way.? Operation Give arose from the needs of children all over Iraq for toys, school supplies, hygiene items, clothing, shoes, etc. and to provide the soldiers, assisting in rebuilding Iraq, the necessary resources, and supplies to help bring hope for a new beginning to the children of the war-torn country.

The continued response from individuals and groups reading about Operation Give on the websites is nothing short of remarkable.? However, the need is just as great to continue and expand the reach of Operation Give and to take it from its current state of a “spare time” charity to something much greater. For more information or to schedule interviews, contact: Ironrod Media Rodney Fife PR@Ironrodmedia.com (385) 225 5997

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.

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.

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.

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!

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Celebrating the Life of Elaine Ward

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 24-7 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

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Operation Ha’apai in Tonga

Operation Ha’apai in Tonga

The latest rough draft of Operation Tonga Relief AKA Operation Ha’apai. More coming soon.

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