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!