Monday, December 8, 2014

Tuesday's Free Ticket PUZZLE


HOAMC Partners With Inter-Faith Ministries Project Holiday


Since 1961, Operation Holiday has made holidays brighter for families in need. The program distributes nonperishable food, fresh food vouchers, winter wear and blankets to low-income families and individuals. Children 14 and under receive gifts through a partnership with the Marines’ Toys for Tots program. In 2012, Operation Holiday launched the Teen2Teen program to provide gifts to teens ages 15 through 17.
With the help of many congregations, businesses, organizations, and individuals, the 2013 Operation Holiday served 11,706 people.

Donate To Operation Holiday

You Can Help!
Congregations, businesses, and organizations are invited to organize donation drives among their members. Operation Holiday relies heavily on volunteer-led donation drives to collect cash, non-perishable food, teen gifts, and winter wear to serve the people of this community.

Donation Drive Needs

  • Click here to see our food box wishlist for a family of four.
  • Teens need gifts too! The Teen2Teen program provides gifts to recipients ages 15 - 17. We are extending an appeal to other teens and youth groups to share a little bit with those teens who live with less and who receive few if any gifts during the holidays.  A new gift valued at $10 to $15 would mean a lot.  Please contact Kathleen at 264-9303 if you’d like to run a Teen2Teen donation drive!
  • Also needed: Cash, new blankets, and new/gently-used coats, hats, mittens, and scarves 
    Organizations interested in hosting drives may contact Kathleen by calling 264-9303 or e-mail

    Community Drop-Off Sites
    Drop off your donations at the Operation Holiday Distribution Center (6225 E. Kellogg Dr. S.) or one of our sponsors’ locations:
    H&R Block - the following locations only - 534 S. Rock Rd. (Kellogg & Rock), 2441 N. Maize Rd (New Market Square), 2561 S. Seneca (Pawnee & Seneca) (all donation types accepted), Wells Fargo (non-perishable food, new blankets), In The Bag Cleaners (coats, new blankets), Two Men and a Truck (non-perishable food only), Meritrust Credit Union (non-perishable food only), Dillons Food Stores (non-perishable food starting Dec. 2), Spangles (coats only)

  • You can bring coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and blankets to the Heart of America Men's Chorus concert at Newman University on December 13th and 14th.

    A BIG Thank You to David Cason

    Former accompanist to the HOAMC, David Cason, returned to that position this show to help our regular accompanist, Carol Pracht.  David covered every other rehearsal, but due to scheduling conflicts, he cannot play for the show.  His help and talent are very much appreciated and it was great to have an alumni of the artistic staff return to the fold.  Thank you David!

    Monday Free Ticket PUZZLE


    It's That Time of Year..For FREE TICKETS!

    It is a Yuletide Challenge!

    The Heart of America Men's Chorus is putting on its holiday show next weekend, December 13th and 14th.  What has become our custom is to give away tickets on the blog.

    However, this year I am introducing the Yuletide Challenge.  You must solve the puzzle to win the tickets.  Here are the details...

    To get to the puzzles, go to and click on the blog button or go directly to the blog at

    There will be five puzzles, one for each day Monday through Friday.  They are cryptoquotes, which means you have to substitute in the correct letters for the encrypted letters.  When you solve the puzzle, email me at with the subject heading HOAMC TICKETS.  Include your answer with your name in the body of the email.  Your tickets will be placed at Will-Call at the door of the performance hall and I will email you back to confirm I have received your entry.  The solutions to the puzzles are the names of the songs we will be singing in our concert.

    A sample of a cryptoquote:

    FDW   LQ   WKH   KDW (puzzle)
    CAT     IN     THE     HAT (solution)

    One Hint:

    To decode my key, it has to do with the number of HOAMC Christmas concerts that Deanne Zogleman has directed.

    Good Luck!