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It's that time of year and the Patriot Guard Riders are so proud to announce Operation Christmas Angel 2017.

This program is designed to provide some much needed hope and Christmas Cheer is those Veterans and Military families who otherwise may not have much Christmas Cheer for various reasons. They may have experienced a recent loss, they may have a family member who is deployed or perhaps just find themselves in difficult situations.

In staying true to the finest traditions of the Patriot Guard Riders we make every attempt to Honor the Members of the Armed Forces and their families who have stood for us, fought for us, and sacrificed for us. With that being said Operation Christmas Angel is just one of our "HOTH" (Help on The Homefront) programs that allows us to fulfill our Mission Statement.

We work with the County Veterans Service Officers, Dept. of Veterans Affairs Outreach workers, Military Family Assistance Centers and VA Clinics in the state to identify and verify those individuals who we can bring some Christmas Cheer. After individuals have been identified and verified we begin the process of fulfilling the wish lists. Each individual is asked to submit a wish list and then our elves start shopping. We then get together as a group, wrap gifts and set up our delivery schedule for the week of Christmas.

Last year, thanks to the awesome generosity of so many individuals and businesses we were able to bring some hope and Christmas Cheer to over 550 Veterans and military families.

Should you have any interest in being a Christmas Angel you should know that you are participating in a program that will fill your heart with a feeling of joy in being to help those less fortunate!

The Patriot Guard Riders are a 501(c) 3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.

Should you know a soldier, veteran or military family in need please contact us at: operationchristmasangelREMOVE@gmailREMOVE.com

Anyone interested in being an Angel or if you would like to refer a Veteran or Military Family you should send an email to operationchristmasangelREMOVE@gmailREMOVE.com and we will forward you the details.

A few procedural items have changed this year and I want to outline them here so we are all on the same page.

  • Eligible individuals include all veterans / soldiers / military families who have an immediate family member who is serving or served honorably and resides in the State of Wisconsin.
  • Anyone requesting assistance must contact their County Veterans Service Officer, DVA Outreach Worker, and or Military Family Assistance Advocate.
  • After you make contact with any of the above stated individuals and service info has been verified the individuals will be given a list to fill out and it then needs to be returned to the approved individuals who will email the approved list to: operationchristmasangelREMOVE@gmailREMOVE.com.
  • Upon receiving the verified list individuals will be contacted by a member of the Patriot Guard Riders-WI. Any lists that we receive that have not been verified and sent in by authorized personnel will immediately be dropped from consideration.
  • Upon receiving the verified and signed list individuals will be contacted by a member of the Patriot Guard Riders-WI.
  • Each year we receive lists requesting clothing with no sizes listed so be sure that the list is complete as it complicates the process if we have to make calls to verify this information. Our Angels are very busy filling lists so please let's make this as easy on them as possible.
  • Any lists that we receive that have not been verified and sent in by authorized personnel will immediately be dropped from consideration.
If you would rather make a cash donation we have elves that are more than happy to do the shopping for you. If so, please make all checks payable to Patriot Guard Riders-WI and in the memo please indicate Operation Christmas Angel. Please send all donations to: Patriot Guard Riders 148 Kings Court Dodgeville , WI 53533

Remember, you can also make donations through PayPal on the left side of the WI State web site. Please e-mail the State Captain at SCREMOVE@patriotguard-wiREMOVE.org when you make a donation as PayPal does NOT notify us.

In mid-December we will have a get together to wrap all the gifts and prepare for our Christmas Eve mission. Further details are forthcoming. On Christmas Eve day those available Christmas Angels will load the sleighs and deliver some Christmas Cheer. Please let me know if you are available and interested for this part of the Mission.

In closing I would just like to thank everyone for your attention to this most worthy mission and ask that you share with your families, friends, co-workers, etc. Tis the season. The more the merrier. Any questions or to volunteer please contact Mark Goebel directly at operationchristmasangelREMOVE@gmailREMOVE.com or call at 920-851-2600.

Additional information on Operation Christmas Angel:


John Curran
State Captain
Patriot Guard Riders - Wisconsin