Saturday, May 31, 2008

Thank you Patty!!!

Many thanks to Patty from Indiana for sending these two lovely caps for the kids!

The photo doesn't do justice to how pretty the shell pattern in these caps are. They are very soft and beautiful!

Thank you, Patty! We appreciate your support!!

I'm packing up another two boxes to mail out this week, and these two caps will be included!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day, 2008

Today is Memorial Day. Years ago, Memorial Day was marked in many towns by parades honoring our veterans, and by the cleaning and decorating of veteran's grave sites and cemeteries. While many still remember the meaning of the holiday, I think that for most, Memorial Day has lost its meaning. For many, Memorial Day marks the start of summer - a time for family celebrations and barbeque's.

I'm all for family celebrations and barbeque's. I think that spending quality time with our loved ones is a great way to show thanks for our freedoms, but I fear that the true meaning of this holiday is lost. Throughout our history, so many have sacrificed to protect our freedoms, and today is a day when we should all pause to remember them and be grateful for their service and sacrifice.

In May 2000, President Clinton released a Memorandum on the White House Program for the National Moment of Remembrance. In it he said:

Memorial Day represents one day of national awareness
and reverence, honoring those Americans who died while
defending our Nation and its values. While we should
honor these heroes every day for the profound
contribution they have made to securing our Nation's
freedom, we should honor them especially on Memorial

... I ask that all Americans come together to recognize
how fortunate we are to live in freedom and to observe
a universal ``National Moment of Remembrance'' on each
Memorial Day. This memorial observance represents a
simple and unifying way to commemorate our history and
honor the struggle to protect our freedoms.

Accordingly, I hereby direct all executive departments
and agencies, in consultation with the White House
Program for the National Moment of Remembrance (Program),
to promote a ``National Moment of Remembrance'' to
occur at 3 p.m. (local time) on each Memorial Day.

When President Clinton wrote this directive, I don't think any of us could foresee that our troops would soon be deployed and in active combat. Today, we remember not just the fallen heroes of past wars, but all those who have fallen recently in Iraq and Afghanistan.

So today, on Memorial Day 2008, I urge everyone to enjoy this holiday and to spend quality time with loved ones, but to also remember the meaning of this holiday and to take at least a few minutes to pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms. Stop from your activities at 3 pm to remember the meaning of the holiday. Say thank you to an active service man or woman and to a retired veteran.

Marine Corps Kids tries to show our gratitude to our troops and their families. The small gifts that we send is nothing in comparison to the gift that our troops and their families give to us. Today, I would like to say thank you to everyone serving in our military forces, and to their families. I'm grateful for your service.

Thank you, Lynn!!!

Many many thanks go out to Lynn from Kentucky who took a break from enjoying her two beautiful new granddaughters to crochet caps for Marine Corps Kids.

Lynn had donated many times to Marine Corps Kids, and she is a crocheting machine!!! She has sent hundreds of caps for the kids, and has also been very generous in sending toys and books. Above is a photo of 70 new caps that she sent for the babies, and 4 adorable quilts.

I know that I speak for everyone at Marine Corps Kids when I say thank you, Lynn, for your ongoing generosity! What you do means so much to so many.

Enjoy those beautiful Grand babies!!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

More hats from Georgia

My friend Marlene (co-creator of the Edgerydoo) sent me a box of 25 beautiful baby caps.

Marlene is active with Project Linus - another great charity organization that donates hand-crafted blankets to children who are ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need of love and security.

Project Linus only donates blankets, so when a local volunteers in Georgia sent Marlene these gorgeous caps, she asked her permission to send them to Marine Corps Kids. These caps are soft and warm and beautiful! My thanks to Marlene and to the wonderful lady in Georgia who made these lovely hats! I wish I knew her name so I could thank her properly!

During Memorial Day weekend, it is especially nice to receive these donations and to pass them on to our military families as a small token of our gratitude.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Thank you to our donor from Idaho!!

Last week I got a large envelope containing these wonderful cotton bibs and wash clothes! The colors and texture in these are fabulous! They are beautiful, soft, and very practical!!

Unfortunately, the donor didn't include her name. The package came from Idaho. I hope that the crafter will post a comment or send me an e-mail so that I can thank her properly.

These gifts are beautiful, and our military families will appreciate your generosity and talent!

Thank you so much!

Thank you, Sandy!!

Many thanks to Sandy from Ohio for her beautiful donations!! These lovely items arrived last week, and this is the first chance I've had to photograph and share them on the blog!

Sandy, your work is beautiful! The blanket is fabulous, and the hats are just adorable. I love the texture and design of each, but I think that the blue and yellow cap is my favorite!

I know that our military mom's will just love these items. Thank you so much for supporting our military families through Operation Marine Corps Kids!!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Packages Received

I've received a few packages of donations. Unfortunately, I'm traveling on business, and haven't yet been able to open them. I'll be traveling for the next week and a half.

To those of you who have recently sent packages, please know that they have been received. I'll open them, post about them, and forward them to our Marine Corps Families as soon as I can.

Thank you so much for your generosity and your patience!!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Thank you, Kathy!!

Today I received a box from Kathy in Alabama.

Kathy sent a beautiful coral and cream crocheted baby blanket, three crocheted caps and an adorable Teddy Bear quilt.

Thank you so much, Kathy!

Your work is beautiful, and our military families will love receiving these wonderful gifts!