Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sponsor a Growing Military Family in Southern California

Operation Showers of Appreciation is hosting a military baby shower in Riverside for local expecting active duty service women and spouses. The shower will be held on Saturday October 15, 2011 at 1pm at Malcolm Smith Motorsports in Riverside. 25 new and expecting mothers who have active duty partners or are active-duty servicewomen will participate in this large baby shower. All military branches of service are represented. The event will include gifts from the local community and many additional surprises.

But we need your help! We are need in of donations of baby items for our military families. You can drop off any new unwrapped baby items at the following locations from now until October 13th: 
  • Boyd's - 3645 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501. (Located downtown near the Mission Inn, Closed Sundays and Mondays). 
  • Karen Allen Salon and Spa, Inc. Riverside Plaza-3639 Riverside Plaza Dr.#521 Riverside, CA 92506 
  • Karen Allen Salon and Spa, Inc. 40820 Winchester Rd # 2260, Temecula, CA 92591 
  • Karen Allen Salon and Spa, Inc. The Galleria at Tyler/1176 The Galleria at Tyler, CA 92503 
  • Malcolm Smith Motorsports - 7599 Indiana Ave, Riverside, CA 92504

We are in need of donations of diapers for this event.  If you would like to donate please mail any diapers to our Riverside Shower coordinator Shari Wolf:

Shari Wolf
6898 Valencia Street
Riverside, CA 92504

Even donations to help purchase items for our Southern California families is appreciated. You can click HERE to donate via PayPal. 

For more information or volunteer opportunities, please contact: Shari Wolf, Operation Showers of Appreciation Southern California Baby Shower Coordinator at 951-544-1177 or via e-mail at  to view the donation form click HERE.

Let's not forget the sacrifice these families make, let's help them bring their new little one(s) into a world filled with love and appreciation!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

9/25 Fundraiser at El Torito in the Riverside Plaza

Riverside California Fans-Do you have lunch or dinner plans on Sunday September 25th? Well you do now! Come help us raise funds by having dinner at El Torito in the Riverside Plaza. When you bring show this flyer (CLICK HERE) to your waiter 25% of the proceeds will help us purchase needed baby items for our Southern California Moms. Please share this event with everyone you know!

Event: 9/25 Fundraiser at El Torito in the Riverside Plaza

Location: Riverside At Riverside Plaza just off the 91 Fwy at Central.

3639 Riverside Plaza Drive
Riverside, CA 92506


Info: Bring in your Flyer and stop by El Torito. Mention OSOA to your server for 25% donation of food total.

Flyer: Please print this flyer (CLICK HERE) and bring it with you to the restaurant. You must present the flyer to receive 25% off your total purchase to help benefit OSOA.

Riverside Yard Sale

On Friday and Saturday September 23rd and 24th Operation Showers of Appreciation will be having a yard sale. All money raised at this yard sale will benefit our October 15th Riverside Shower.

Donations: We are collecting gently used items (small and large items) for this yard sale. Please contact Shari Wolf at if you can donate any items.

Volunteers: Interested in helping volunteer your time at the yard sale please e-mail Shari Wolf at

Yard Sale Location:

6898 Valencia Street
Riverside, CA 92504

Yard Sale Dates:
Friday: 9/23 8am-3pm
Saturday: 9/24 8am-3pm

To view the Yard Sale Flyer CLICK HERE

Pregnant Belly Contest

Please enter our Facebook Pregnant Belly Photo Contest. Please send us your pregnant baby photo and it might win our grand prize. The last day to send your photo is September 30th. Please e-mail your photo to One photo per family.  All ranks and branches are eligible.  The pregnant mom can be the active duty service member or the spouse.  The photo can be of just the Mom's tummy or a family photo.  On October 1st voting will happen for 2 weeks. The Top 10 photos will be placed in a finals album on October 15th. Voting for the Finals will take place for 1 week and the final winning Pregnant Belly Photo will be announced on October 22nd.

Monday, September 5, 2011

The definition of Labor Day: Labor Day is a day set aside by the government to honor workers of all types. It is observed on the first Monday in September. Remember those that LABOR for all of us, who don't get to celebrate this, or other holidays, who work endlessly, sometimes all night long, who don't get the comforts of home and their own bed and their families arms around them whenever they'd like. Remember those in uniform, who make it all possible to enjoy our freedoms.