January 22, 2011 Packing Day for The Care Package Project™
On Saturday, January 22, 2011, about 100 volunteers arrived at the MarineParents.com, Inc. corporate office and warehouse to pack care packages for deployed Marines. Those volunteers included a Staff Sergeant and his 12 young Marines who drove in from Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri to help with the packing. It was great to have the Marines here with us participating in this incredible troop-support event!
A total of 1,317 boxes were sealed, stamped and shipped overseas, totaling nearly $14,000 in shipping costs (800 were already assembled from our pack day in South Carolina, and the rest were assembled on Saturday). Everyone worked hard and had a great time knowing that 1,317 Marines would receive some love and care from home.
Stay tuned for a slideshow of photos from the pack day!
The evening of the pack day many of our volunteers, a few former Marines and other Marine families and supporters attended our Marine Parents Outreach Dinner.
A Special Thank You to:
A special thank you goes out to the following companies, organizations and supporters who helped make this possible:
Eagle Scout Zach Metzger - 34 boxes of content and $471
Wendy Aquadro, Cornell University - $443.68
Eagle Scout Cameron Lane - 136 lbs. of content and $1000
Michael Watt, American Greetings - 5 large boxes of content
Andy Williams, First United Methodist Church in Oviedo FL - 12 large boxes of content
We received monetary and content donations from Wisconsin, Missouri, Washington, Texas, California, Florida, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Connecticut, Ohio, Georgia, Maine, D.C., Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Oklahoma and Massachusetts.
Care Package Fundraisers and Drives:
Girl Scout Service Unit 67, New London & Spicer, MN - 56 handmade cards and 6 posters
Lathrop Middle School Language Art Students, Lathrop, MO - 107 letters
New Canaan High School Students, Canaan, CT - 308 letters
Mesa Ridge High School Students, Colorado Springs, CO - 116 Christmas Cards
Waterford at Fairway Village Employees, Vancouver, WA - 81 Christmas Cards
Though we cannot list all names of individuals and organizations that donated, we received a total of over 1500 cards and letters from Missouri, Connecticut, Colorado, Minnesota, Alabama, Washington, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wyoming, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Wisconsin, Michigan, California, Maryland, Virginia, Texas, Florida, Utah, Ohio and Illinois.
"Dear Marine" Cards and Letters:
Rock Bridge High School students
Mizzou Black Men's Initiative Student Organization
Donators of Products and Services: