Sunday, July 1, 2007
Operation Marine Corps Kids
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.