Saturday, December 31, 2011

Operation Marine Corps Kids

About Us

Note: this entry is post-dated to keep it at the top of our blog page.

Craft donations accepted at:
Marine Corps Kids
4524 E. Beardsley Drive
Bloomington, IN 47401

Marine Corps Kids has no overhead costs. 100% of donated funds are used to cover our postage charges. Your tax deductible donations can be made with PayPal on-line through the Marine Corps Family Foundation site , or you can send a check to:

Marine Corps Family Foundation
4000 Lancaster Drive- Suite 57
Salem, OR 97309

Please mark your on-line donation or check as earmarked for "Marine Corps Kids".

For more information please contact Delia at

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Lovely Blankets from NJ

Today I received a box containing two gorgeous crocheted blankets. There was no note in the box and no return address on the package. The box was mailed from Clinton, NJ.
Many thanks to whoever made these gorgeous blankets! The crocheting is just gorgeous! The stitches are so tight, and the fabric is soft and drapes beautifully! I know that the moms who receive these will be thrilled!

Thank you, Ruth!

A box arrived today from Ruth in Oregon. In it were 12 adorable fleece blankets that Ruth sewed while she had a cast on her arm and hand! The blankets are so cute. They are warm and soft, and the fabrics are just delightful.

I'm not sure how Ruth managed to make these with a cast on her arm, but I do know that the families will love them.

Ruth is also a Marine Corps Mom. Thank you, Ruth, for this lovely gift!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

More from Ruth

Ruth from Seattle is so generous with her crafting for the kids! Today a large box arrived filled with more of her wonderful fleece hats and a stack of receiving blankets and burp cloths.

I love all the colors in these hats. They are so cheerful and they're warm and soft! The blankets are wonderful, and so practical! Ruth chose really cute fabrics!!

Thank you so much, Ruth!! Wishing you and yours the best this holiday season!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Thank you, Martha

Martha from Oklahoma sent in 3 blanket/hat sets for the babies. One set also includes a pair of totally adorable booties!

Martha, your work is beautiful, and we are so happy that you have chosen to support our military families through your donation to Marine Corps Kids! Your beautiful gifts will be on their way to the babies very soon!

Thank you for your generosity!

Thank you, Jana

Jana from Arizona sent in 3 lovely blankets and 12 warm hats for the babies this week!

Jana is also a new donor to MCK, and the items that she made are truly lovely! It's hard to tell from the picture, but the hats are made with such pretty patterns and textures. I know that the babies who receive them will be warm and comfie this winter!

Thank you so much, Jana! Your generosity is very much appreciated!

Thank you, Marlene

Marlene from Michigan is a new donor to Marine Corps Kids. She crocheted 7 gorgeous blankets and 9 adorable hats for the babies.

The blankets are in granny style and ripple patterns, and Marlene combined yarns and colors so beautifully! I know that the moms who receive these gifts for their little ones will be so happy!

Thank you so much, Marlene! Your donation is so appreciated!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thank you, Judy!

Judy from Pennsylvania has been crafting for Marine Corps Kids since we started distributing gifts in 2007. She has made many babies smile with her adorable toys, pillows, sweaters and hats.

This week Judy sent in some lovely hats and sweaters along with a note. She said that she is having trouble crocheting, but wanted to send some things in time for Christmas. She writes:

"I continue to follow your blog and have been blown away by the beautiful creative items you have been receiving. It warms my heart to see all the talented people donating their time and crafts. Marine Corps Kids holds a very special place in my heart!"

I can't tell you, Judy, how much that means to me. It is people like you who donate so generously that make what we do possible. I feel truly blessed to have "met" so many wonderful people through Marine Corps Kids!

Thanks to Cindy and Hazel

This week I received a large box and a beautiful note from Cindy and her mother, Hazel, in Florida. Cindy wrote:

"After surfing the internet to locate an organization to share my homemade items, I found the blessing of your kindness to our veterans and their families. My mother and I make these different items on a regular basis to share. Now that I have found you, there will be more on the way."

I feel very blessed that Cindy and Hazel found us! They have sent in so many beautiful items! I love all the hats, scarves, booties, outfits and slippers, but I was completely blown away by the handmade dolls! How delightful!

I know that the moms will be so happy to receive all of these lovely items! Thank you both so much!

More from the Sassy Stitchers!

The Sassy Stitcher group from Oregon has sent in so many beautiful gifts for the kids! This week I received another box of blankets from the group. These ladies are so talented, and make such lovely things!

Thank you all so much for sharing your gift in this way!!

Thank you, Martha!

Martha from Oklahoma made these lovely blankets, hats and booties! Everything is so soft, and the colors are wonderful!

Thank you so much, Martha, for supporting our military families through Marine Corps Kids!!

Thank you, Joan

This beautiful hat and bootie set was made and donated by Joan from Oregon! I love the yarn and the pattern! It's so cheery!

Thank you so much, Joan! These will be on their way to a newborn soon!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Thank you, Laurie

Laurie from Minnesota sent in 4 beautiful scarves for the Marine Corps moms. Laurie's sister Karen has been a long time donor to Marine Corps Kids, and suggested that Laurie send her scarves to us.

You can see that this is one talented family. These scarves are lovely!

Thank you so much, Laurie!

Thank you, Velda

Velda from Oregon is a new donor to Marine Corps Kids. She enjoys crocheting, and made four beautiful hat and blanket sets for the babies.

She wrote of our troops saying:
"I just want them to know how much they are appreciated for standing up for America."

Thank you so much, Velda! These gifts are lovely and will be appreciated!

Thanks, Ruth!

Ruth from Seattle, WA is a huge supporter of Marine Corps Kids. She has sent so many wonderful gifts for the babies.

Today I received a box of fleece hats for some of the older kids. Ruth made 35 hats, and they are all soft, colorful and incredibly cute. Some have tassels on top, some look like puppy ears - all are adorable!

Thank you so much, Ruth for your continued support. These hats are great!!!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Thank you, Sharon

A large box arrived today from Sharon in Florida. I was delighted to see all the beautiful sweaters that Sharon crocheted! Sweaters take a long time to make, and we can always use them for the babies. I couldn't believe how many gorgeous sweaters Sharon made. There are so many unique patterns - no two are alike!

Sharon also sent in 2 ponchos, 2 blankets, a few hats and a pair of booties.

Thank you so much, Sharon! These gifts are wonderful and will be very much appreciated!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Hats from Becky

Becky in Georgia read about Marine Corps Kids in Women's Day magazine and crocheted 43 hats for the kids!

The photos show 37 baby hats and 6 ear-flap kids hats which will be great for some of the older kids!

Thank you so much Becky! These hats are wonderful, and we're so happy that you chose to support our military families through Marine Corps Kids!

Thank you Melody!

These two delightful quilts were made and sent in by Melody from Orange County, CA.
They are amazing! It's hard to tell that there are actually two quilts here. Melody used fabrics in several different patterns and textures, and included fabric with the Marine Corps logo in the quilts.

They are cotton and corduroy and are lined with flannel. I think that the families who receive these will be thrilled!

Thank you so much Melody!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thank you, June

Today a box arrived from June in Louisiana. June wrote that she is a Marine Corps wife and mom. She's now also part of our Marine Corps Kids family of crafters!

June is amazingly talented, and as per usual, the photos do not do justice to her work. Everything she sent is just beautiful! The little boy sweater and hat just blew me away. I adore the double breasted front with that gorgeous collar, and the cable work is lovely!

I packed up gift bundles to send out today, and this set is ready to ship to a lucky little guy!

Thank you so much, June! The new mothers will be delighted to receive these gorgeous gifts!

More from Pauline

Today another two gifts arrived from Pauline in Oregon. Pauline is incredibly generous with Marine Corps Kids and has done so much to support our military families. Every few weeks another box arrives from Pauline with 2 or 3 blanket/hat sets for the babies.

You can't see the beauty of her crafting because she chooses to wrap her gifts, but she is amazingly talented, and her work is beautiful!

Thank you so much, Pauline, for your ongoing support!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thanks to the Sassy Stichers

The ladies in the Sassy Stitcher group from Oregon sent in another box of beautiful gifts for the babies. This time they included several knit and crocheted blankets, two sweater sets, many cute hats, and some darling fleece scarves for some of the older children.

These ladies are incredibly talented, and are so generous with their support of our military families! Thanks to all of you for your ongoing support!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

A thank you note

"Dear Marine Corps Kids:

Thank you so much for the baby blanket, burpie, booties and hats. It is so nice to have you think of us as we prepare for baby. We are due Dec. 18 with our first son & can't wait to meet him. My husban will be here for the birth and will deploy with 1/7 in March.

Many Thanks,
Captain & Mrs. Lonnie Wison & Baby"

Our thanks to your family for your service and sacrifice! Best of luck to you and your family as your little one arrives!

Thank you, Barbara!

Barbara from Florida read about Marine Corps Kids in the October issue of First For Women magazine, and wanted to knit some hats to support our military families. She sent in a box full of lovely warm hats in beautiful baby colors.

Thank you so much, Barbara! We're so happy that you decided to join our family of crafters!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Donations from the Girl Scouts

Our Florida Girl Scout Troop just sent in another box of donations for the babies. These girls are so warmhearted and generous. I love that they are using charitable crafting and support of our military as their special project! (The girls have also made and donated Christmas Stockings to Operation Santa).

This time the girls made several blankets, hats, wash cloths and booties for the babies. You can see their skills developing with each package they send! There are making more challenging projects and are doing such a great job! They should be so proud of themselves! I know I'm proud of them!

Thank you, Sassy Stitchers!

The Sassy Stitchers group from Oregon sent in another box of beautiful gifts for the babies. Inside were these gorgeous hats, mitts and booties. I wish the photo better illustrated how talented these ladies are. The texture and detail in these pieces are so lovely!

They also sent in 8 colorful and textured burp cloths. I thought that they were too pretty for burp duty, but the ladies attached a note to each cloth explaining that studies show that babies who have colorful and textured burp cloths and higher SAT scores later than babies with plain burp cloths. I love that these ladies are thinking of the babies comfort and happiness now and down the road.

Thank you ladies for your ongoing support!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thank you, Charlene

Charlene from Utica New York writes:

"May God bless you and all who are serving our country. My husband served in WWII in Pacific and Korean war.

Found you in First magazine. I had these capes made so am sending to you to help families whose fathers are deployed."

Thank you Charlene, for these beautiful caps and for your family's service and sacrifice!

I had a hard time getting a good photograph of these hats and took the close up picture to try and show the gorgeous detail in Charlene's work. The hats are really lovely!

Thank you, Iris

Another box arrived today from Iris in Mississippi. In it were 7 gorgeous blankets!

Iris wrote: "May these blankets bring warmth and comfort to the babies and their families at this joyful time of the year."

Thank you, Iris. I'm sure that they will!

Thank you, Pauline

Today another two wrapped sets arrived from Pauline in Oregon.

Thank you so much, Pauline! Your support of our troops is wonderful!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

More from Martha

This weekend I received a box from Martha in Oklahoma. In it were 2 gorgeous blanket, hat and bootie sets. These sets are really beautiful, and I know that the babies and new moms are going to love them.

Thank you so much, Martha! These are wonderful!