Who We Are:
The Ornaments for Soldiers & Airmen Program is a 501c3 Non-Profit. It was inspired by Laurelee Manchester in 2011 because of two things. The first one was when a close friend was on a 15 month remote assignment. Her daughter and family stayed back home during this tour. This made Mrs. Manchester think about all the Currently Serving Military on Remote in Non-Combat Areas. Would they be remembered over the Holiday Season? Can their families afford to send gifts to these countries? Where some of the questions that moved our Founder to create the Program.
The second was her own childhood experience when her parents were stationed in Turkey. Contact with family in the United States was infrequent & difficult. Several of her parent’s co-workers didn’t get anything for Christmas. The same Holds True Today! Many Military Families cannot afford to send their deployed loved ones anything for Christmas. Several of these families have small children and live paycheck to paycheck.
The Ornaments for Soldiers & Airmen Program is about making sure NO Service Member is forgotten over the Holiday Season. We send to the Veterans who are otherwise forgotten over the Holidays, Veterans serving on Installations in countries and places such as Korea, the Azores, Europe, and the Pacific. These Brave Men & Women most Christmas’s are left feeling that no one cares about them. Our Goal is to change that.
What We Do:
How we do this is three ways:
- Community Events:
Throughout the year we host with the assistance of our Sponsors, City Wide, Community Events, and Invite the Community to come out and paint handmade clay ornaments. With the exception of Children with Family Members Currently Serving in the Military far from home, everyone who comes to the City Wide Event gets two ornaments. One they keep for their own tree, the other gets a Christmas Wish Card attached, via a ribbon. The card is signed by the person who painted/purchased it. For the children with Family Members in the Military Currently Serving far away from home, we have a Special Ornaments Just for Them. An Angel Ornament. Each child can paint their own Guardian Angel Ornament for their loved one serving far away from home. All we need is the loved ones name and mailing address, and we will ship it for them with instructions on whom it is to go to. Once dry the ornaments get bubble, gift wrapped, and boxed for shipping.
2) Ornaments Fundraiser Sale:
Throughout the year we sell painted ornaments 2 for $10. This is for the people that want to participate, but feel they have no artistic talent, and would rather not paint ornaments. These are available in our online store, as well as at fairs, and expos.
3) Corporate & Team Building Events:
We come to you! These are fun Events we that not only give you a sense of Community in the workplace, but also help out the Military Community. For an explanation and breakdown for what you will be paying for per person, please check out the pages labeled Corporate & Team Building Events.
4) Event in a Box:
With the Event in a Box you get the flexibility to have the event during your work day and on your schedule. Each box comes with everything you need to host your event. Everything from table covers to paint and brushes. If you want more information feel free to contact us using the contact us button at the top of the page. Title your quire “Event in a Box”. The button and description is COMING SOON.
This is a Year Round Program, and would not be possible without the hard work and time invested by our Board & Volunteers.
Ornaments are Shipped No Later Than Dec 1st to ensure that they arrive in time for Holiday Distribution. All Ornaments painted or purchased after this date will be given to Military Members currently serving Stateside.
“Thank You! You have helped us make the Holiday’s a bit Brighter. This has not only been for the Veterans throughout the World, but their families as well.”(Laurelee Manchester – Founder)