Sunday, December 26, 2010

Gifts from Lauria in West Virginia

Lauria from West Virginia sent in a box of hats, sweaters, vests and booties for newborns and preemies.

Thank you so much Lauria! Your work is gorgeous, and it's always helpful to have things on hand to send to the very tiniest of Marine Corps Babies. Your gifts will be very warmly received by the families!

A blanket from Ellen

Ellen from Worcester, MA read about Marine Corps Kids in a magazine and decided to contribute. She sent a lovely and cheery yellow blanket for the babies.

I know that one of our new moms will be just thrilled with this gorgeous blanket!!

Thank you so much, Ellen, for supporting Marine Corps Kids with this beautiful gift!

Thank you, Webster Warmth!

As I said in my recent post, on Thursday I received six boxes of donations. Four of them were from a group called "Webster Warmth". They wrote:
Hello, Marine Corps Kids!

We are a group of students, faculty, and staff (and our friends and family) from Webster University who like to craft for a cause. This year we picked Marine Corps Kids.

I'm sending you four boxes containing: 80 hats, 22 blankets and quilts, 1 bib, 1 sweater, 1 dress, 1 pair of socks and 5 scarves.

Thank you for this wonderful project!

I am blown away by all the love and talent that was packed into those 4 boxes. There are absolutely beautifully made items for the babies.

Many thanks to everyone from Webster University who participated in this effort! Your work is beautiful, and I will be packing up all these lovely things to send to the new babies soon.

Wishing you all a very happy new year!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A thank you note from the Skillings Family

Thank you so much for the beautiful handmade blankets, hat & booties. They are beautiful and will be ready in a few months for our baby!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Toys from Judy!

Judy from Pennsylvania sent in another box of her adorable stuffed toys for the babies! I just love these little First Tooth pillows, Peanuts and Smiley toys!

Thank you so much, Judy, for your continued support over the years!!

Thank you, Pauline

Pauline from Oregon sent two more wrapped blankets for the babies!

Thank you so much, Pauline!!! Your continued support is so appreciated!

Thank you, Rosie!!!

Rosie from Alabama sends a box of beautifully crafted gifts for the kids every year. This year she created 3 gorgeous sweaters, some adorable booties, and some hat/bootie sets. Her work is just lovely, and the new moms will be so thrilled to receive these items!

Thank you so much, Rosie!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Thank you, Joy!

Joy from California sent in a box of fabulous crafted items for the kids! She included 3 beautiful sweaters, some burp cloths, and some gorgeous hats!

Thank you so much, Joy! I will be packing up some bundles for the babies this afternoon! I know that the new moms will be delighted to receive these!!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Thank you, Diane

Two very beautiful crocheted baby blankets arrived today from Diane in Alabama. Thank you so much, Diane! These are just gorgeous. I'm sure they will be cherished by the families that receive them!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thank you, Sassy Stitchers

Another package arrived today from the Sassy Stitchers in Oregon. This package included 10 beautiful crocheted baby blankets!

Thank you so much to all the crafters who made these lovely blankets! They'll be on their way to the babies soon!!

Thank you, Nancy

Nancy from Minnesota knitted 3 absolutely gorgeous sweaters for the babies. They are just beautiful, and the new moms will be thrilled to receive them.

Thank you, Nancy! The sweaters will be on their way to the babies soon!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thank you, Lynn

Lynn from Iowa made nine soft and warm fleece blankets for the babies! I love the bright colors and pretty patterns of her fabrics! These blankets are going to be big hits with the families that receive them.

Thank you so much, Lynn!

Thank you, Pauline!

Pauline from Oregon sent two more of her beautiful crocheted blankets for the babies. Pauline wraps her gifts so I can't show you the details of her work, but her continued support and generosity are very much appreciated!

Thank you, Sassy Stitchers!

The Sassy Stitchers group from Oregon sent another box of their wonderful knit and crochet pieces.

This package included a gorgeous sweater, pretty pink blanket, and some great hats and booties.

Many thanks to all the members of this group. Your work is beautiful and very appreciated!

Thank you, Karen

Karen from Wisconsin sent in another box of her sewing for the kids. This time she included 3 blankets, 2 pairs of pillow cases,l 6 scarves and 2 tote bags.

Thank you so much, Karen!! These will be on their way to the kids soon!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thank you Warm Up Flatirons from Lafayette, CO

Received a box today from "Warm Up Flatirons" in Lafayette, Colorado.

Thank you to Sharon S. for the blanket, sweater, booties and scarf.
Thank you Sharon F. for the crocheted baby hats!
Thank you Kylee for the knitted hats.

These are all beautiful and will be much loved by the families that receive them!!

More Thanks

Thank you so much for the adorable baby hats, booties, blankets and things! We really appreciate your support and thoughtfulness.

Happy Holidays!
LCPT Dailey and GySgt Smith

Thank you note...

Dear Members of Marine Corps Kids,

Thank you so much for your generous gift! The blanket is absolutely beautiful & we appreciate the hard work and time that must have gone into making it. We will treasure it.

With Love,
Jimmy, Laurie, Rickie and Baby Jimmy

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A thank you note from the Salazar Family...


Thank you for all the wonderful gifts. I love thoughtful, homemade gifts. Our little baby boy will be warm and cozy with the hats and blanket this winter. Thank you for your caring hearts.

This gift has been a real blessing, God blesses even when it's unexpected. My family is very grateful. Thank you.

God Bless You
Salazar Family

Hats and Booties from Karen

Karen from California is one of our regular donors, and sends in some of the cutest hats and booties! Today I received another package from her. I love the soft colors and yarns!

Thank you so much, Karen, for your continued support!!!

More from Sassy Stitchers

The Sassy Stitchers group from Oregon sent in more handmade gifts for the kids! This time they sent in a blanket, a scarf and many hats and booties for the babies. Thank you so much to all the members of this wonderful group!

Hats from Lynn in Arizona

Lynn sent in two more boxes of hats. This time she made many red and white hats for Christmas, and some larger hats for the older kids.

Thank you so much, Lynn! I know that you've been under the weather - hope you're feeling better soon!

Monday, November 8, 2010

More thanks

To Marine Corps Kids,

Thank you for the baby quilt, hat, and booties! It was such a wonderful surprise when my husband came home with these handmade gifts. We've only just moved to CA and don't know many people yet (we don't live on base) so your gifts were heart warming and very special to myself and my husband.

Thank you,

Thank you from the Benz family

They write:

I was so pleasantly surprised to receive this beautiful blue blanket for our baby boy. As I was unwrapping it, I was further pleasantly surprised to find a stunning sweater and booties! What beautiful work - Heirloom quality!! I will pass these down to my grandchildren someday!

Thank you very much for your thoughtfulness.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Thank you, Anne!

Anne from Pennsylvania sent in a box of blankets today. It included four large Marine Corps blankets for older children and four adorable baby blankets for the babies. As you can see in the close up photo, Anne sewed Marine Corps patches onto the teddy bears on the baby blankets. They are just too cute!

Thank you, Ann, for supporting our military families in this great way!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A thank you note...

" Thank you to you all for the lovely blanket, sweater, cap and mittens.

With Love and Regards,
Ens Akbar & Family
29 Palms Base"

Thank you, Karen

Karen from Wisconsin sent in another box. In it were 10 colorful fleece blankets and a bright wash cloth for the babies, as well as some ribbon bookmarks for the moms.
Thank you so much, Karen! We are expecting many babies, and these blankets will be on their way to them soon!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

More from Elizabeth!

I was so delighted yesterday when I received the cute Monster Hat from Elizabeth in Virginia. Just imagine my delight when two more boxes arrived today. Inside them were 2 GREAT toys for the older kids. One contained a giant tic-tac-toe set that the kids will love. The other box contained possibly the worlds largest stuffed crab! I love it!!!

Thank you so much, Elizabeth! These are wonderful!

Scary Cute from Elizabeth

Elizabeth from Virginia sent in 3 darling hats including this scary cute monster hat and matching fingerless gloves. This set is sure to delight one of our little boys!! She also sent in a cute little bookworm toy that is just perfect for tiny hands!

Thank you so much, Elizabeth! Your donation is very much appreciated!!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hats from Lynn

Lynn from Arizona sent in two large boxes filled to the rim with her great baby hats!
Thank you Lynn! Your continued support is appreciated, and the kids will love these hats!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Holiday Gift Drive

Here in Indiana the weather turned cold today. Winter is approaching, and with it the holiday season.

As in the past, this year we will be sending gifts for the families during the holiday season. In addition to the bundles that we send for the newborns, we will be sending hand-crafted hats, scarves and toys for older children and their moms.

Your hand crafted donations are appreciated. We have thousands of families on the bases that we serve, and hundreds of children who will be delighted to receive a gift during the holidays.

Thank you to all our donors for your continued support!!

Another package from Diane!

Diane from Ohio sent in another package for the babies. This one includes 25 of her wonderful quilted balls, 5 hat and bootie sets, and 2 pairs of booties. They are all beautiful!!

Diane is preparing for a move, but still took the time to make these gorgeous gifts for the babies! Thank you so much, Diane! Your continued support is very much appreciated!

Thank you, Rebecca!

Today I received a package and letter from Rebecca in Oregon. She wrote:

Dear Marine Corps Kids,

I found your website quite by accident one day while searching for a baby hat pattern on Ravelry. I loved the idea of supporting military families in this way. And it was the perfect excuse to pull out the baby patterns; something I don't get to do very often these days.

Thank you for providing an opportunity to show military families their sacrifices for their country are appreciated. I hope these items bring joy to whoever receives them.

Thank you, Rebecca for your beautiful donations! The sweaters and hats are wonderful, and will be much loved by the families who receive them!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Thank you, Denise!

Denise from California sent a box for Marine Corps Kids. It contained 7 beautiful crocheted blankets, some hats and a really cute pair of booties.

Thank you so much, Denise! The blankets are all so unique and pretty and will be so cherished by the moms who receive them for their newborns!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

For the Babies

When I send gifts to the babies, I try to create bundles including gifts from several donors. The contents of each bundle varies depending on what I have received and have available. Generally I will send a blanket and wrap it around several other items to create each gift. It may include a sweater, toy, booties and hats. Each gift is unique and contains the love that all of our crafters put into their creations.

Thank you to all of our Marine Corps Kids donors who continue to support this effort and who make what we do possible!