(Napa, CA) – "Operation: With Love From Home (OWLFH)," sponsored by Queen of the Valley Medical Center, collects and distributes useful, delicious and comforting items to American troops stationed abroad. "Since 2007 the Queen has been acknowledging the sacrifices being made by our service people in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world by sharing the comforts and good wishes of home with them at holiday time," says Queen of the Valley Director of Spiritual Care Kami Timm. "Thanks to the overwhelming response of the community, and to our new partnership with the City of Napa, Good Times Committee and Napa Chapter of American Red Cross, we are adding a second, ‘4th of July’ collection and distribution to the schedule."
Each year, the number of "care packages" containing food, clothing, other welcome items and letters of support distributed by OWLFH has grown…from 134 to more than 700 in 2009. "The dedication of Queen of the Valley Medical Center, our tremendous partners and our wonderful community has made this remarkable effort possible," says OWLFH Founder, Lisa Huntley, Radiology Department at the Queen. "We are just incredibly excited to now be able to touch the lives of our brave men and women overseas twice a year."
Local organizations who have contributed storage or collection space, manpower, food and personal items, and letters of support to the OWLFH effort include Napa Midtown Storage Center, City of Napa Employees Sunshine Committee, Napa Fire Department, Napa Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Napa Valley Unified School District, Napa Chapter of American Red Cross, Synergy-Wellness Center, Health Quest, Exertec, Napa community banks and Silverado Country Club.
Donations for the summer distribution are being collected until May 31st at Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Napa community banks, Napa Fire Stations, Napa Police Department, California State Highway Patrol and Napa City Hall. Financial donations to underwrite postage costs of $10.95 per package are also very welcome. Donations can be made via the link at www.thequeen.or/love or can be mailed to the Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation, 1000 Trancas Street, Napa, CA 94558.
"We are all tremendously grateful for the sacrifices and accomplishment of our troops, for the people in those war torn nations and in defense of all of us at home," says Liz Alessio, Community Benefits Coordinator. "We invite the entire community to join with us in making the 4th of July one our brave men and women will never forget."
For more information on the OWLFH care package program please call 707-501-3353 or visit www.thequeen.org/love.
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About Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 191-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Rated by U.S. News and World Report as one of America's Best Hospitals, the Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include: a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, a Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons, a Women’s Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, occupational health, and full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at www.thequeen.org
Queen of the Valley Medical Center was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Its mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by continually improving the health and quality of life of people in the communities we serve.