Operation Welcome You Home | Illinois

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Operation Welcome You Home (a.k.a. OWYH)® is a volunteer, local organization in Illinois, relying upon the generous donations of time, talent, and resources of our volunteers, supporters, and donors. We work hard to minimize our expenses and are able to raise funds thru our Annual Run for the Brave 5K Run/Walk. We also rely upon donations to help us fund our continued causes, assisting/supporting Veterans in need. If you support our work and our important mission, please consider making a contribution to Operation Welcome You Home, NFP, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, EIN 27.3092485.

OWYH was founded in 2007 with a simple request from a local Mom wanting her son, returning from deployment, to be honored. Two weeks later another Mom had the same request. We then realized the need to continue honoring and showing support to the men and women serving our Country who put their lives on the line for us daily so we may enjoy our freedom. Soono after, we began receiving requests from families when a loved one was leaving for deployment. We now gather to show a sea of support to the courageous men and women letting them know they have our support when leaving to defend our Country.

Donations enable us to “give” a riding lawn mower to those who have lost limbs and cannot walk the length of lawn giving them the chance to help take care of their home, an Action Tracker Mobile Wheelchair to once again help lead a more normal life, airfare for parents to visit their son/daughter at Bethesda who are recuperating/rehabbing from their wounds, sponsor the Healing Garden at a local shelter for Veterans (complete with outdoor furniture), sponsor a day of fun and shopping for female Veterans who are in need of new outdoor winter apparel, a day of family shopping for Christmas wishes, food/paper drives, help with burial expenses, and many other ways of supporting those who serve our Country so we may be free! Please visit OWYH Acts of Kindness to learn more.

Sadly, with heavy hearts, we are there for (killed in action) who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Standing in flag line to support their families. Presenting families with tokens of appreciation for their sacrifice for our freedom.

We stand in honor for our Veterans who have shared their lives with our Country past, present, and future.

When Military Heroes come home from war, they are not the same young man or woman they once were. They need our support!

So, Operation Welcome You Home formed, a small cog in the wheel, assisting however/wherever we can.


A Grateful Nation Never Forgets!

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