Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Many thanks to everyone who is showing interest in donating to Operation Marine Corps Kids, and to all those who are helping to spread the word about our mission. The outpouring of generosity has been truly heartwarming.
Just today I received numerous e-mails from people who want to donate. Many people are making hats, blankets and toys for the kids, we've had several monetary donations, and my sister sent me a huge box filled with all the yarn shown above so that I can make more things to send to the babies.
We've sent many hats and blankets for the three baby girls that where born in the past few weeks and for the dozens more that are expected in the next few months. With the wonderful response that I'm seeing from charitable crafters, we'll have many more things to donate!
Just as the word is passing amongst crafters, the word seems to be passing through the Marine Corps family organizations. So many women will be giving birth while their husbands are serving overseas. I hope we'll be able to send gifts to all of them!
Thank you all for your generosity and support!
Monday, July 9, 2007
The English Bulldog is the mascot of the US Marine Corps. When we conceived of the idea of Operation Marine Corps Kids, the bulldog pup was the obvious choice for our logo.
Sara Ascalon, a very talented graphic designer, was kind enough to design our adorable Bulldog pup logo. Below is a card that all our contributors can send with their donations. I have created these donation cards to work with size 3612 Avery business cards. You can print these on regular paper and cut them, or e-mail me at email@example.com and I will send you the file to print on Avery labels.
Monday, July 2, 2007
Now that Operation Marine Corps Kids is up and running, I want to say a special thank you to everyone who has so generously donated already.
We have received numerous donations from crafters in Mississippi, Alabama, Oregon, Maryland, California, Indiana and Florida. Many thanks to all of you who have donated! We appreciate your support and welcome your continued contributions towards this effort!
Sunday, July 1, 2007
700,000 children in this country have a parent at war. When babies are born to deployed troops, it's doubly hard for both mom and dad. The dad must wait weeks or months to meet his newest child. The mom has responsibilities of both parents, juggling the exhausting care of a newborn while meeting the needs of other children without the help of her husband. It's a sacrifice, and one that military families make every single day.
Operation Marine Corps Kids is a new effort designed to support the quiet heroines of this war and the littlest heroes - the kids that miss their daddy but know that he is away helping to protect them.
Operation Marine Corps Kids will send care packages to the families of deployed troops when babies are born. The packages might include a hand-crafted baby afghan, cap or bonnet, booties or toy. With sufficient resources, we'll also be able to include a handmade toy for other kids in the family. It's a small, but significant, gesture of love and support for those who keep the home fires burning alone.
After our initial project announcement, crafters from all over the United States generously worked and sent some beautiful hats and blankets to get us started. Now, we are ready to start sending packages.
Our first package will be mailed this week to the new mom of a precious baby girl in California! We also know of about twenty other expecting mom’s who we will be sending gifts to in the next few months.
We invite all crafters at every level to join us in this effort. No gift is too small and all gifts are appreciated. Donations of hand crafted clothing, hats, blankets, booties and toys will be accepted. Feel free to use any pattern of your choosing. We do ask that all donations be in soft acrylic or cotton yarns, and that color choices be appropriate for babies.
If you would like to help us with a monetary donation to help cover the cost of postage, you can donate through PayPal at this site. Many thanks to Deb of Marine Corps Moms and to the VA Mortgage Center for their donation which is making this all possible.
Donations can be sent to:
Marine Corps Kids
4524 E Beardsley Drive
Bloomington, IN 47401
For more information, contact Delia at firstname.lastname@example.org or Deb at email@example.com.