Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving


At this time of year, we have so much to be thankful for! At OSOA we are thankful for you, our friends, our volunteers, our donors and our supporters who are helping us shower expecting military families in our communities. We remember those who are not with their loved ones this holiday and hope they are safe and will come home soon to their families and friends. We thank and honor those who serve and care for others less fortunate, especially during these difficult times and pray for their strength and guidance as we all hope and pray that better days lie ahead. We are grateful for the opportunity to spend time in the company of heroic families. We wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Usborne Book Fundraiser for OSOA

One of our baby shower moms Jillian Romag is hosting an online Book Fair Fundraiser for OSOA. When you order books through this website link you’ll be helping to provide a book for one of our future baby shower moms! This online registration will be going on from now until December 20th! Help purchase an educational holiday gift and help expecting military families too!

www.myubam.com/HOS209133

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Halo donates 150 sleep sacks for expecting military families!

Operation Showers of Appreciation wants to thank our friends at Halo for donating 150 sleep sacks for our expecting military families!  HALO's mission is simple: To make sure that every baby sleeps safely.

Halo’s founder Bill Schmid and his wife lost their firstborn to SIDS. From this tragedy, HALO and its mission were born. For over 15 years they've been educating parents about safe sleep practices and supporting non-profit organizations like First Candle/SIDS Alliance and The Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths. Since 2005, the American Academy of Pediatrics has suggested the use of wearable blankets. Today, HALO SleepSack wearable blankets are the #1 trusted choice of hospitals, and are used nationwide to help babies sleep safely from the start.

HALO is also working with hundreds of hospitals nationwide via their Safer Way to Sleep® Initiative to educate parents on safe sleep practices and provide HALO SleepSack wearable blankets to NICU and hospital nurseries to model safe sleep practices.

Check out their great products: HALO® SleepSack® Wearable Blanket; HALO® SleepSack® Swaddle; HALO® Cotton Layette; HALO® ComfortLuxe™ Sleepwear

HALO products are carried by fine retailers nationwide, to find one near you, visit http://www.HALORetailers.com/


 Photos above are of our expecting military moms opening their Halo sleep sacks from our Riverside, California Baby Shower.

Southern California (Camp Pendleton, 29 Palms, March AFB and Miramar) military baby shower announced on February 25th, 2012 in honor of Allysa Felshaw

On Saturday, February 25th our third annual Allysa Victoria Felshaw Memorial Operation Showers of Appreciation Baby Shower will take place. Allysa was born on February 24, 2005 and died Thursday, March 17, 2005, at San Diego Hospice. CEO Kimberly Felshaw was in desperate need of solace in March 2005 after the death of her 3-week-old Allysa-born with a terminal condition-when a joyful memory came back: The baby shower their church had thrown for Felshaw and husband Josh, a Marine sergeant. “That perfect strangers would help was overwhelming,” says Felshaw, a former Marine. Through Operation Showers of Appreciation, she has assisted thousands of expecting military families and we are excited to help more in Southern California. 

The shower in honor of Allysa will be held at Pala Casino from 1-3pm.  This shower is only for expecting moms who are stationed in Southern California (Camp Pendleton, 29 Palms, March AFB and Miramar).

To be eligible for our February 25th shower you must:

  • Be expecting ONLY between January 1st, 2012-May 31st, 2012.  Those expecting in June of 2012 or later will not be considered.
  • Be an active duty service woman or spouse of an enlisted man with rank of E1-E5. 
  • Be living at or in the surrounding areas of Camp Pendleton, 29 Palms and Miramar.  Those living in another state will not be considered.

If these requirements pertain to you then please apply online at: CLICK HERE to register for our Southern California Shower.  As part of the Online registration you will be requested to upload a copy of your LES and our Verification Form which must be signed off by the service members First Shirt/Supervisor. We will accept online registrations for our February 25th shower up until January 15th.  Those moms who have been chosen for our February 25th shower will be notified by January 20th via e-mail.

Submitting an application for assistance does not guarantee you will be selected to participate in an Operation Showers of Appreciation Baby Shower. Families are selected to participate based on the following:
  1. Due Date
  2. Date Completed Application for Assistance Received
  3. Information provided in the “Tell us about your family” section
  4. Rank
This shower will be small so we encourage everyone to apply ASAP.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Las Vegas Sweet Tomatoes FUN-rasier on Tuesday 11/29/2011

Las Vegas residents please join us at Sweet Tomatoes for a FUN-raiser on November 29th. Bring the attached flyer with you and Sweet Tomatoes will donate a part of your purchase to OSOA when you present this flyer at the register. Only redeemable at the Rainbow & Lake Mead location (2080 N. Rainbow Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89108-7049).

Please CLICK HERE and bring this flyer with you to Sweet Tomatoes!