When I launched Operation: We Love Our Soldiers nearly 6 years ago, my first instinct was that of a mother whose son had been deployed to war. I wanted my son, and every son and daughter of our nation to know unequivocally that their service and sacrifices would not go unnoticed, and that we would stand by them in this most difficult time, in any and all ways that we could...that no effort would be spared on their behalf. Who would have imagined that the road to peace and good will toward all man would take us on such a perilous and long journey. Sadly, we continue to search for ways to speak out, reach out, and impact the lives of those amongst us who are so very deserving...our brave, tired and battle weary soldiers!! My fervent wish is that the need for organizations such as mine will no longer be needed in the future.
Since 2003, we have sent thousands upon thousands of care packages, Christmas stockings and letters of support to Iraq and Afghanistan. We have sponsored Giving trees in support of deployed soldiers families, and have co-partnered in numerous endeavors whose purpose has been solely to raise awareness of the need for all citizens to become pro-active on behalf of the many needs that have presented themselves to us during this most turbulent time of war. Regardless of political bent, we can and should all agree that our soldiers have answered this most difficult call to duty, have honored us all with their tireless service, and that in return our loyal support to them is the least we can give.
However, the time has come for this organization to bid a fond farewell, and move our efforts to a different place. We will continue to remain fully engaged in support of the cause we are committed to, but will instead partner with others in those endeavors, and look for ways to make a difference that we could not within the constraints of a non-profit organization.
There are countless ways you can impact not only the life of a soldier, but their families, and our nation as a whole as we attempt to heal the wounds caused by war and it's consequences to us all, whether we have a loved one serving or not. Deployed soldiers continue to need letters written from home and care packages filled with goodies and necessities. Returning soldiers need help assimilating back in to their families and communities. PTSD casualties are mounting, as is the need to boost the VA system and health care facilities whose task is to rise quickly to the challenge to meet the needs of our wounded patriots. We would like to invite you to visit www.fallenheroesmemorial.com whose website has links to many relevant agencies who are doing much to answer the needs of those whose lives have been most devastatingly impacted by war. We also recommend www.uso.org. The USO is a timeless agency that has served our military unlike any other in our history. Who could forget the USO tours during Vietnam and Bob Hope entertaining the troops? They are able more any other group to galvanize the citizenry to service and action on behalf of our uniformed heroes, and I urge you to support their mission.
Finally, how can I thank the countless numbers of you who have donated your time, your money, your effort and your hearts to "We Love Our Soldiers" over these past years? It has been only because of you that a soldier's morale has been boosted, or a soldiers child opened a Christmas gift that otherwise would not have been there, and smiled on Christmas rather than cry, missing their parent that was in harms way...these and so many others are the examples of what we can do and accomplish together when we care.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and wish you all peace, love, and joy in your lives...and may 2008 find all our
military families reunited with their loved ones, and true hope for peace on Earth. And, as I like to say, let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me.
Carla J. Hitz
Current TV Video
I just received this email from Scott, a freelancer for Current TV who came to We Love Our Soldiers to film a story about who we are, what we do, and why. The interview was in my home with myself and WLOS board member and friend, Kristin Goff ( formerly TJ Evans from KBULL radio). Please take a look at this piece he has produced and pass along to all who care about our soldiers and who may want to support our troops as well. Help us to get the support we need in order to accomplish our mission.... Help us to spread the word. We need to keep our soldiers and their sacrifices front and center in the minds and hearts of our Nation.
Green light this story for us!
Thank you and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
I uploaded the piece I did on Operation: We Love Our Soldiers to Current TV's website - www.current.tv - It is currently in the voting stage and is ranked #13, it can change spots rather quickly. Anyway it has had some great reviews. If it reaches #1 it will air on TV. Current may just pick it for TV anyway. But if you could send the link below out to all of your contacts who would like to green light it for TV that would sure help it get to #1. I think it turned out great, thanks for letting me tell your story.
To be able to green light the piece you have to sign into the website with a username and password, but that is it, the site will never send you spam or anything.
Copy and paste the following link into your URL -
Mayor Peter Corroon invites you to support our
We are honored once again this year to be partnering with
Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon in a joint effort to assure that our deployed
soldiers are remembered by the very citizens they are putting their lives on the
line for, during the upcoming Holiday season.
Although it may seem early
to be contemplating Christmas... keep in mind, collecting, boxing and shipping
to the Middle East takes much time and effort, and in order for our troops to
receive their Christmas stocking gifts in time for the 25th of December...we have
to begin in earnest NOW.
Please visit the County Government Center at
2001 South State, in Salt Lake with your contributions, and we thank you in advance
for your support on behalf of all our soldiers serving in harms way. They need
and appreciate your support more than you could possibly know!!
holiday season and another year our young service men and women are serving in
Iraq and other far-away destinations. Although it is only September, it is not
too early to think about those serving in the military abroad.
year Salt Lake County employees and citizens collected hundreds of items for Operation
We Love Our Soldiers (OWLOS), a 501(c) 3 charitable, non-political organization
whose mission is to support soldiers who are serving overseas. As a result of
your generosity, Utah soldiers serving abroad received a little touch of home
on Christmas morning. This year, we again have the opportunity to make a difference.
You can also help boost morale by writing to our service men and
women, donating care package items, or making a monetary contribution. Wednesday,
September 27 through Tuesday, November 22 donation containers will be available
in the Office of the Mayor (N2100), as well as the lower lobbies of both the North
and South Buildings at the County Government Center.
in Operation We Love Our Soldiers is not about politics, it is about remembering
our friends and neighbors who are far from home. Thank you for your generous support
of this endeavor.
Peter M. Corroon
are happy to announce all 18 County Libraries are participating as drop off locations
for your generous contributions for our Soldiers Christmas stockings.
you for your support...
Salt Lake County Library
Monday-Thursday ------- 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
and Saturday ------- 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
MAIN PHONE NUMBERS
Service ---------- 801-943-4636.
Room Reservations --------- 801-944-7577
Alta Community Center, Alta, 84092
4834 West 9000 South, West Jordan, 84088-2213
2530 South 500 East, South Salt Lake City, 84106
1136 East Pioneer, Draper, 84020
2266 Evergreen Avenue (3435 So.), Salt Lake City, 84109
2150 East Murray-Holladay Rd. (4730 South), Salt Lake City, 84117
13011 South Pioneer St(6000 West) Herriman, UT 84065
4740 West 4100 South, West Valley City, 84120
5350 South 4220 West, Kearns, 84118
8339 West 3500 South, Magna, 84044
4870 South 2700 West, Salt Lake City, 84118
12877 South 1830 West, Riverton, Ut. 84065
10100 South Petunia Way (1450 East), Sandy, 84092
S. Smith Library
810 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City, 84106
10673 South Redwood Road, South Jordan 84095
Vine Tyler Library
8041 S. Wood Street, Midvale, 84047
1970 West 7800 South, West Jordan, 84084
2880 West 3650 South, West Valley City, 84119
2197 East Fort Union Boulevard, Salt Lake City, 84121
To all of you who have come forward to express your
support and interest in the well being of our soldiers, as well as their families,
we come to you now with this plea.
Although we are still sweltering in the
heat of summer, with outdoor activities and back to school on our minds... here
at We Love Our Soldiers we are already contemplating the needs of our military
for the upcoming Holiday Season.
There continues to be an ever present need
to assure those who are putting their lives on the line for each one of us that
we have not, nor will we forget them, especially during the joyous season of love,
family and charity.
We will soon be launching our campaign, "Treats for troops""
(with Valley Fair Mall in WVC, Utah) to collect items and funds to provide Christmas
stockings filled with "treats" for our deployed service members, but we encourage
you donate early, and to promote our cause within your workplace and your neighborhoods.
Please see our "suggested items" page for gift suggestions for the soldier’s stockings.
We also want to hear from you on behalf of our military families, who are in
need, have a loved one serving in harms way, and will be apart this Christmas
season. There are wives and children who need US to step up to help them thru
this most difficult time. Again this year we are looking to the community at large,
and ask that your hearts will direct you support these family members. We are
looking for sponsors. We need to hear from you if you, your business, church or
family would care to sponsor a family in need this year. Please contact us and
let us know how many family members you or your organization would like to sponsor,
and we will forward to you the information you will need to fulfill their needs.
We will be compiling a data base, and registering eligible families. All participating
family members will be asked to make known to us their gender, age, sizes, a Christmas
want and a Christmas need, and we will do our level best to make certain we match
them with a sponsor who has chosen to include them on their Christmas gift giving
list!! In Utah, drop locations for your gifts will be established. Across the
nation, you may choose to make a monetary contribution to this effort, or mail
your gifts to us. What we need first though, is to hear from you so we may match
sponsors with family members. Please contact us no later than November 1st, 2006,
so we can organize our data base and allow ample time for you to purchase your
gifts, and return them to us so we can be assured all gifts reach the families
in time for Christmas morning.
ALL sponsor and donor names will be displayed
prominently on our website... our way to recognize those who are generously contributing,
and to thank you publicly for your support.
We look forward to hearing from
you. Please email us @ www.sendyoursupport.org.
RED FRIDAYS ----- Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every
Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the "silent
majority", BUT...we are no longer silent.
Many Americans, like you, me and
all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of America supports
our troops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity
and respect starts this Friday -and continues each and every Friday until the
troops all come home, sending a deafening message that.. Every red-blooded American
who supports our men and women afar will wear something red.
By word of mouth,
press, TV -- let's make the United States on every Friday a sea of red much like
a homecoming football game in the bleachers.
If every one of us who loves this
country will share this with acquaintances, co-workers, friends, and family. It
will not be long before the USA is covered in RED and it will let our troops know
the once "silent" majority is on their side more than ever,.
The first thing
a soldier says when asked "What can we do to make things better for you?" is...We
need your support and your prayers.
Let's get the word out and lead with class
and dignity, by example; and wear something red every Friday.
PLEA FOR YOUR HELP
Folks, we are a long three plus years in to our
battle in Iraq, and a full 5 years with soldiers deployed to Afghanistan. Please
tell me we have not forsaken and forgotten those who are putting their lives on
the line for each and every one of us??? We have wives and or husbands who are
continuing to hold down the fort and "soldier" on in the absence of their loved
one. We have hundreds of thousands of children missing one or both of their parents,
we have babies being born without their daddies near by....and we have our wonderfully
brave soldiers honoring us ALL with their service to our country.
you may ask can we here at home do on behalf of these most deserving families
and service members?
Aside from insisting on a prompt resolution of this (these)
wars, we must also continue to reassure our troops that as time wears on, we will
not forget them, nor their families who sorely need our support.
We Love Our
Soldiers receives mail each and every day from soldiers in the Middle East asking
for support. Bottom line, we have far more requests for care packages and help
for our soldiers families than we have funds to provide. This is where you can
help. We urge you to donate generously!! We urge you all to email blast everyone
you know and either remind them, or make them aware of the need to step forward
and help make a difference in the life of a soldier. A soldier who so badly needs
the boost we here in the comfort of our homes can provide. These soldiers who
only dream of a hot shower, or a hug from a loved one, or a home cooked meal,
or a peaceful nights slumber without the sounds of war fare as their lullaby.....they
need us all!!
As we are celebrating the holidays of summer....Memorial day,
Flag day, 4th of July, anticipating the picnics and family fun, let us also please
reflect on the sentiment and reasons for each of these celebrations, and not forget
those who have, and continue to lay down their lives.
WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR
CONSIDERATION AND SUPPORT.
OUR SOLDIERS STILL NEED YOUR SUPPORT
The promise of spring
is rapidly approaching, and with it our reappearance out doors into the world
once again. Emerging from the long, cold winter, we're anxious for all that awaits
us in the seasons that lie ahead...the family activities, the vacations and outdoor
Meanwhile, our soldiers continue to serve...to persevere in
the harshest of circumstances, and they need our continued support and recognition
of their sacrifices. So, as we are putting away our winter coats and opening our
windows to breathe in the fresh spring air, could we ask that you also open your
hearts yet again and help us to keep our promise to sustain and support these
You came forward in record numbers this past Christmas, and
for that there are no adequate words of thanks and gratitude...but, unfortunately,
our soldiers are not yet returning to their homes to rejoin their families, so
we MUST step forward and embrace each and every soldier as our own....to be their
brothers and sisters, and to stand beside them as we would our own...
make a commitment right now to sit down and write a letter to a soldier...or encourage
your co-workers or your local school, or neighborhood to organize a contribution
drive so we can send our soldiers Easter boxes, filled with "hugs from home"??
Our soldiers NEED to know without doubt that we haven't forgotten them. We were
able to send hundreds upon hundreds of "Christmas stocking" boxes just a short
few months ago.... but with most of those items being consumable, by now they
surely need to be replenished. ALSO...our soldiers need to hear from us throughout
the year, and not just at Christmas. Their mission is to serve when called upon,
and they have so honorably answered that call...we at WE LOVE OUR SOLDIERS are
calling upon YOU yet again to serve THEM as well. It is the least that we can
There could be no greater gift you could give during the life affirming
Easter season than to lift up a soldier. Please think of a homesick soldier when
you are filling Easter baskets for your loved ones, and add him/her to your shopping
We are really excited to begin shipping our Easter boxes overseas, and
know you will come through once more, as you have so faithfully from the beginning.
This time of year reminds us of renewal and the promise of life, so let us
please join together and hope for the future, and look forward to the triumphant
return of the patriots we so proudly call OUR AMERICAN SOLDIERS.
so much for your unwavering loyalty.
THANK YOU TO ALL
FOR YOUR UNRELENTING SUPPORT!!!
How quickly the days pass...
(unless you are waiting for a soldier to return home!!) I find it incredible
that we are beginning our 4th year of endeavors on behalf of our fighting soldiers
and their families.
2005 was a challenging year for all....the
events unfolding around the world captivated our attention, and pulled us together
by the heart strings as we prayed for Tsunami victims, Hurricane Katrina and Rita
victims, flood, famine, wildfire and AIDS victims...and yet, with all the suffering
and need for charitable support for so many who were and are in need.....YOU,
so very many of you remembered our brave soldiers, had room in your hearts yet
for them, and contributed on their behalf.
I'm hopeful that you
know this instinctively, but in case you don't, allow me to express my gratitude
for making such a difference in so many lives.
Truly, I sincerely hope that you know what an incredible morale boost support
from home makes to our soldiers deployed away from their loved ones and serving
in harms way. Knowing you have done something so wonderful for those who
are so very deserving is the best gift we can give to ourselves...and our soldiers
and their families deserve no less.
To those of you across the
world and across our country, and to you who are our neighbors in Utah, THANK
for making it possible for We Love Our Soldiers
accomplish much, and affect the lives of so many. If you haven't taken the opportunity
to visit our "letters of thanks" page, I would encourage you to do so....the
letters written by soldiers and family members, and the sentiment conveyed is
for EACH ONE OF YOU
who have written a note of support to
a soldier, donated items thru out the year, helped us fill Christmas stockings
to send to Iraq, or adopted an ornament from our Giving Trees @ South Towne Mall
and helped a deployed soldiers family thru the Holidays...any and all of these
things impacts SOMEONE
who is a husband
whose wife is waiting and praying at home for her soldier to return to her safely...
who is a mother, father, brother or sister but hasn't seen
their loved ones in a very long time, someone
who has missed birthdays
and Christmases and the birth of their new baby... All of you who step forward
in support and appreciation of all these "someone's"
are the ones helping to bridge that very wide gap between THERE and HOME, and
there are no adequate words for me to express my heartfelt Thanks... These soldiers
son's and daughters, they are serving and sacrificing for
US, and what they are doing is for, and impacts us all. Answering the call to
duty, and wearing our Nation's uniform is a noble undertaking indeed. They truly
are our American Heroes....
So, let's all hope for the future...
and look forward very very soon to each and every soldiers' safe homecoming! Until
that time, we continue to ask for your support, and hope that 2006 will be all
that we hope and pray it can be. Happy New Year to you all, and all the best to
you and your families..
Please keep our soldiers in your thoughts
and prayers....remember them throughout the year....continue if you will to encourage
your co workers, neighbors, friends and relatives to contribute what they can...every
contribution makes a difference. And once again....THANK YOU FOR NOT FORGETTING
OUR AMERICAN SOLDIERS!!!
We Love Our Soldiers www.sendyoursupport.org
DEVASTATION OF HURRICANE
We at Operation We Love Our Soldiers join our
nation in horror over the lives and homes lost along the Gulf coast, and ask you
now to help us in our effort to assist affected military families who now find
themselves in emergency situations. We will be providing financial assistance
to families whose lives have been shattered by this horrible catastrophe, and
ask you to give generously on their behalf.
You may click on our
paypal link to donate, or send your check payable to;
We Love Our
141 East 5600 South # 302
SLC, Utah 84107
you again for your continued support. This is yet another opportunity for us to
come together as communities, and to reach out and make a difference in the lives
of those who desperately need our compassion.
* please indicate that your
donation is for hurricane Katrina relief
Another year has passed, another LONG year for our
soldiers and their families...and it has been our honor and privilege to serve
them throughout 2004 as they continue to sacrifice so very much for all of us.
The generosity I have witnessed once again from around our entire nation continues
to humble and overwhelm me. The outpouring of support has enabled We love Our
Soldiers to continue in ways that have exceeded our greatest hopes, and to touch
the lives, and make a difference to so many of our troops and their families alike.
In fact, our endeavors have been so successful, that we were recognized nationally
on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams on their Christmas Eve broadcast this
year....and for that, the thanks and praise belongs squarely with each one of
YOU who have opened your hearts and stepped forward to show your appreciation
and support for our nations sons and daughters who are serving us so very proudly.
As this New Year unfolds, and we return to our normal daily activities...the
gift giving of the Holiday season past us...my one hope is that the sentiment
that brought us together as one voice and one heart for this all too brief but
wonderful period of time, will not be lost...and that we may move forward into
2005 and each do our part to truly bring Peace on Earth and Goodwill to ALL men.
Please help us to keep our mission here at We Love Our Soldiers alive all
throughout the year, by remembering that so many are continuing to serve in harms
way, and that each and every soldier wearing our nations uniform belongs to ALL
Americans, they are ALL our sons and daughters. Let us keep them in our hearts
and thoughts and pray for their safe return to the arms of their families and
loved ones waiting for them here at home.
Thank you again for your continued
Carla J. Hitz
someone you know and love, or if there is anyone you know who has a loved one
serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, this is a MUST READ!! Please pass this information
to the soldier or soldiers whose health may surely be affected by the pesky sand
flies that are prevalent in that region of the world. We need to alert our troops
as to how to protect themselves from this parasite. The health risks listed here
are generalized (as there are many more potential complications possible that
are not cited here) and the numbers of soldiers reported to be infected is understated.
The numbers continue to escalate! The best protection is prevention, so please
help us to get the word out. THANK YOU! Read more...
We are still going strong
June 19, 2003
THANK YOU ALL
Without the extreme generosity of the wonderful citizens of Utah, the dream
that gave birth to "OPERATION: WE LOVE OUR SOLDIERS" would never have been realized.
Instead, I have been overwhelmed with kindness... and have received stacks of
"love letters" for our troops, and thousands of items that have lovingly been
packed into boxes and dispersed to our soldiers serving their country in "OPERATION,
Because of YOU... a homesick, dirty and tired soldier has
received a "hug from home", and reassurance that his service is appreciated, and
his sacrifices meaningful. Believe me, every word of encouragement and taste from
home has provided OUR troops an invaluable boost to their morale and helped them
to endure the rigors of this most difficult calling.
As our service men
and women in Iraq are continuing to serve us all, in harms way, sacrificing so
much, we will not forget what their efforts mean to us, and that what they are
doing IS meaningful. On every continent and in every place that human beings are
being denied dignity and freedom, or brave troops are there for those people.
In that vein, contributions from OPERATION WE LOVE OUR SOLDIERS will be sustained
until ALL our troops have returned home safely to the arms of their loved ones.
Please don't forget them now, they still need your support, and we humbly thank
you for your generosity.
"Let us pray that peace be now restored to the
world, and that god will preserve it always." General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme
Allied Commander of the south-west pacific (1945)
With much affection and
Carla J. Hitz