The birth of a baby is a joyous occasion, but one that can be overwhelmingly stressful. That stress is multiplied when the baby’s father is deployed away from home and the mother must manage her growing family alone. Seven years ago Marine Corps Kids was “born” to support the families of our service men and women. Since that time, thanks to hundreds of generous crafters around the country, we have delivered care packages to thousands of military newborns. These care packages have each been unique, containing hand crafted blankets, hats, bibs, booties, sweaters, toys and other items made with love.
What started in 2007 as a small operation quickly grew as crafters who sought to support our military began donating to our efforts. We have received gifts from experienced crafters whose talent is incredible, as well as from new crafters who began knitting or crocheting specifically to support our efforts. We have received donations from individuals, senior centers, community centers, religious groups, girl scouts troops, and even prison groups from around the country. The outpouring of support through hand crafted gifts has been incredible! I am so proud and honored to have received each gift, created the care packages (with help from some dear friends) and sent them to families around the world. While most of our gifting has been to Marine Corps families, we support all branches of the military, and have sent gifts to Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard Families.
Being involved with Marine Corps Kids has provided me with so much joy, respect, and pride. It has truly been my honor to have worked with so many talented crafters and to have interacted with so many military families and Family Readiness Officers on bases throughout the world. Therefore, it is with sadness that I write today that our efforts as an organized group will be concluding at the end of this year. In the last few years life circumstances have made it all but impossible for me to keep up with the tasks of receiving, processing, and shipping out gifts. I have not come to this decision lightly, but I am no longer able to devote the time required to maintaining the flow of donations to the families.
I have made many meaningful online friendships with our crafters, and I hope that these relationships will live on. I have also developed an even greater respect for the work and sacrifice of our military and their families.
The good news is that there is still time to donate items and end this operation with a huge outpouring of gifts and thanks! I have received many shipments of donations in the last several months that have yet to be processed. I will get those all unpacked and photographed in the coming weeks. I will also be accepting new donations until the beginning of November so that all of those can be processed and care packages sent out for holiday gifting.
Marine Corps Kids crafters are some of the most generous, warm and talented people out there. I am so grateful for your generosity and for your commitment to making Marine Corps Kids a successful effort. Thank you all!