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Our recent pack day on Saturday, July 23rd was our most organized pack day yet thanks to all of our hard-working volunteers. We were ahead of schedule the day before the pack day, so we were able to pack the care packages for our women Marines a day early. The rest we saved for packing the following day. We had a group of volunteers from Minnesota and a group from Wisconsin who had never attended a pack day before. They volunteered on both Friday and Saturday and had a great time. We thank them for traveling so far to be a part of the packing!
We had a total of 63 volunteers packing with us on Saturday, and the day went very smoothly. We packed and shipped 1,059 care packages for deployed Marines. We were finished packing an hour and a half earlier than expected, which was good, because everyone was ready for lunch by that point! We grilled up some delicious burgers and hot dogs, and we also served beans, potato salad and cookies for dessert.
Throughout the day, we sold raffle tickets for a copy of a ballot from the first Iraqi election. These ballots are a tribute to those who sacrificed their lives during Operation Iraqi Freedom. We raised $248 through raffle sales, and the proceeds went to our Purple Heart Hero Support™ program for our wounded warriors.
A few days after the pack day, CPP™ Coordinator Babs received a heartwarming email from Janice, one of the volunteers from Wisconsin, thanking us for such a wonderful pack day. Below is an excerpt from the email:
Just wanted to extend a big THANK YOU to all of the staff at Marine Parents!! I came down for helping with packing last Friday and Saturday. It was a great experience and I wanted to thank you all for your hospitality! I got the strong feeling that all of the employees there truly care about all of our guys over in Afghanistan (and all of our Marines), and as a Marine Parent I can't tell you how much that means. You guys all worked your butts off those days (and clearly for MANY days prior!!), and it is SOOO APPRECIATED!!! Also, the lunches both days were DELICIOUS!! Thank you for everything you do for all of our Marines and all of their families.
Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin
Thank You From Marines:
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A Special Thank You to:
A special thank you goes out to the individuals, companies and organizations that made this possible. Some donors are listed below:
National Junior Honor Society at Sonoran Trails Middle School, Cave Creek, AZ: 28 large boxes of content including 45 blankets and 15 bags of socks
Eagle Scout Zachary Juhasz, Salem, OR: 4 large boxes of content
Tom Krewson, St. Charles, MO: 6 large flat rate boxes of content and cards/letters
Watlow Electric Manufacturing Co., Columbia, MO: Boxes of baby wipes and food
Miriam Huffman and UMSL, St. Louis, MO: Over 400 razors
Karen Del Tatto, Bristol, RI: 329 pairs of Covert Threads socks and letters
Eagle Scout TJ Barden, Edina, MN: 11 extra large boxes of content
Eagle Scout Stephen Gargano, Columbia, PA: 4 large boxes of books
Jennifer Reginelli, Cordra, TN: 50 medium flat rate boxes of content
Westside Christian Academy, GA: 169 handwritten letters and pictures
Buena High School, CA: 130 handwritten letters
Lexington Jr. High, OH: 108 handwritten letters
Linda Barton and L'Oreal, NJ: 150 handmade cards
St. Dominic Catholic School, CA: 134 handmade cards and letters
"Dear Marine" Cards and Letters:
Rock Bridge High School students
Hickman High School students
Joe Guffey at U.S. Post Office
Columbia Action/Adventure Group
Donators of Products and Services: