Above / During the Annual Veterans Day Concert on Nov. 11 performed by the Naperville Municipal Band at Wentz Concert Hall, Bill Rickert, Executive Director of Operation Support Our Troops, was on hand to accept donations for Care and Comfort Packages to benefit Operation Support Our Troops America programs.

Members of Operation Support Our Troops America welcome the community to kick off the holiday season beginning at 7PM Sat., Dec. 1, during the annual Little Friends Parade of Lights in downtown Naperville.

Folks are invited to join OSOT during this festive and fun parade, a tradition brought to the community by Little Friends in partnership with the Downtown Naperville Alliance. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to celebrate the season.

Bundle up and enjoy an evening of festivities, brightly illuminated floats and musical entertainment.

Anyone who wishes to join OSOT in the parade is invited to email Sandy by Clicking Here.  Click here for more information about the Little Friends Parade of Lights. 

The plexiglass container on display shows the size of “Care & Comfort” cartons and how well they are organized with items to send to American troops overseas.

Holiday Warehouse Schedule 

Four dates are scheduled for sorting and packing  at the warehouse prior to the end of the year.

9AM to 1PM Thurs., Nov. 29 
9AM to 1PM Sat., Dec. 1
9AM to 1PM Thurs., Dec. 6
9AM to 1PM Sat., Dec. 8

The office will be closed for Thanksgiving from Nov. 22 through Nov. 25 and will reopen on Mon., Nov. 26. 

The office also will be closed for the Christmas holidays from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1, reopening on Wed., Jan. 2. 

For more information about donating, sorting and packing at the Warehouse for OSOT America Care and Comfort Packages for Veterans, visit www.osotamerica.org.

Santa House along the Riverwalk / 4-8PM Tues., Dec. 11

Find the Santa House along the Naperville Riverwalk from Nov. 30 through Dec. 23.

Volunteers also are welcome to represent OSOT-America at the Military and First Responders Night at the Naperville Santa House. From 4PM to 8PM Tues., Dec. 11, OSOT-America will have a table at the event and kids can write letters and cards while waiting to visit Santa. Their greetings will be sent to deployed troops. This event is hosted by the Naperville Park District and will be held at the Naperville Riverwalk at Jackson Avenue and Webster Street.

Visits with Santa at the Santa House are by pre-registration on Military and First Responders Night. Families can reserve 15 minutes. Admission is free.

The event is partially indoor/outdoor, so attendees are advised to dress appropriately for the weather with layers to stay warm.

For information about the Santa House and all available times to visit the jolly old elf during his Naperville visit, click here.  To volunteer for OSOT America, email Sue at events@osotamerica.org. 

Operation Support Our Troops America since 2003

Founded in 2003, Operation Support Our Troops America (OSOT-America) serves a mission “to support the morale and well-being of American forces by providing comfort, resources and education to them and their families both while they are deployed in harm’s way and after their return.”

The volunteer-based nonprofit organization provides opportunities for the community to express gratitude in support for troops.

Engaged in the longest war of this nation’s history, and mindful that many servicemen and women complete multiple tours of duty, OSOT America is committed to showing all military that “We have not forgotten.”

For more information about OSOT America and its many assistance programs for Veterans, visit www.osotamerica.org or contact Bill Rickert, OSOT-America’s Executive Director via email at brickert@osotamerica.org.