27 November 2007

Operation Santa at the Hospitals

This just in from my good friend Carrie:

Over the next 6 weeks, we'll be surrounded by Christmas carols of all types. One that always tugs at the heartstrings for me is "I'll be Home for Christmas".

"I'll be home for Christmas if only in my dreams"

What a line for the times we live in.

It will ring true for our military servicemembers in Iraq or Afghanistan or some other far flung location. Their families will miss them and they will miss their families. Operation Santa has programs to assist in sending Christmas love to them this holiday season.

Operation Santa also focuses on another group of heroes this Christmas season. Those men and women who will be in the hospital at Brooke, Bethesda, Balboa and Walter Reed over the holidays.

They won't be home for Christmas either. Operation Santa at the Hospitals will bring them some Christmas love in the form of a handmade, stuffed stocking.

We're stuffing stockings with all kinds of goodies like candy, cookies, crackers, little pads of paper and pens, gift cards to local fast food restaurants, cards from people all over the country, etc.

We can help them be home for Christmas even if it is only in their dreams. It's easier than you think.

This year, I'm partnering with Marine Moms-Bethesda and again operating under Marine Corps Family Foundation's Operation Santa project. Marine Corps Family Foundation is a 501c3 organization so monetary donations are tax deductible. If you are donating to our Operation Santa at the Hospitals project, please note that on your check and mail it to:

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

You may also donate via PayPal here. Please note "Operation Santa at the Hospitals" in the note box.

Carrie's in particular need of funds to purchase the restaurant gift cards. We're talking Subway and Burger King here, so even $5 or $10 will go a long way in putting a smile on a wounded Soldier/Airman/Sailor/Marine's face this Christmas.

Thanks for your help!

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