November 01, 2006

X-mas care packages for the TROOPS

Most of you know how I support the military, particularly the Marine Corps. This year I was asked if I would adopt some deployed Marines for Christmas. I was like "Sure!" expecting two or three... Well, I have a platoon of 25 Marines in my care. At first I was overwhelmed and said "I can't do this!" but then it hit me that I CAN and WILL. Everything has to be shipped by Thanksgiving is the part that is going to be the most difficult.

For the platoon, we provide Christmas decorations--a small Christmas tree, Santa hat and beard, Christmas CD, etc. Things to make their little area festive. I know that may sound dumb, but I can also see how it would help to boost their morale.

Also for the platoon, we provide group gifts--things they can enjoy together. Suggested ideas were DVD's (no war movies) and games... I am not the most imaginative of people so if you have any ideas, don't hesitate to let me know!

Individually, we have a handmade stocking (my grandmother is making those) filled with small wrapped gifts for each person in the platoon. I'm having trouble with ideas for those, as well.

The Operation Santa USMC website is: I've

blogged about it here:

If you are willing to help in any way, please drop me an e-mail ASAP at or give me a call. Thank you!--


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