Earlier this week, Gold Coast Broadcasting’s “Live 105.5fm” (KFYV-FM Oxnard/Ventura) and morning-show host Trace Nealy boxed-up and mailed nearly 70,000 valentine cards to our troops serving overseas as part of the station’s annual promotion.
Nealy created “Operation: Hearts from Home” in 2002. Trace asked listeners & school kids to make an extra Valentine for a soldier. The first year she collected and sent over 6,000 Valentines to our military serving in the Middle East. Each year the station receives more and more community support from people of all ages. This year Live 105.5fm listeners handmade nearly 70,000.
“To date, we’ve sent approximately 320,000 Hearts from Home Valentine cards”, says Trace. “The best part of doing Operation Hearts from Home is when we hear back from our service Men & Women about how much it means to receive them.”
Gold Coast EVP Chip Ehrhardt praised Nealy: “This is all Trace’s doing. She created it, she puts the effort together each year and follows it through until the cards are boxed-up and mailed-off. She’s done a great job with it”.
“The time and effort the listeners put in to their cards is remarkable. And these aren’t store-bought. These are handmade and some the messages in them are so touching it warms your heart and shows me how worthwhile the promotion is”, added Nealy.
Gold Coast also sent special thanks to Jersey Mikes for their support. Each year the sandwich shop acts as a drop off location for Operation Hearts from Home.