January is here, and that meant it was time for MarineParents.com’s first Care Package Project pack day of 2015! On Saturday, January 24, 36 volunteers from three states (Missouri, Kansas, and Minnesota), including 23 first-time participants, joined us on a bright, sunny morning to pack and ship care packages to Marines deployed to Afghanistan.
Volunteers began showing up around 8am, and by 8:30, the day was ready to begin. MarineParents.com’s Founder and Executive Director Tracy Della Vecchia kicked off the morning by asking everyone with a drink to raise their glass and toasting to MarineParents' 12th anniversary, which we celebrated last Wednesday, January 21. Following the introductions, as she's done at almost every pack day since 2005, Sandy Deraps led the group in a prayer, and then it was time for the packing to begin!
This time around, we packed 400 care packages to be sent overseas, and had an additional 142 packages donated by students from local high schools. In the lead up to this pack day, we held our annual “Souper Hero” campaign and raised more than $6,500, allowing us to send many hand-warmers, balaclavas, and cans of soup to our Marines as they try to stay warm this winter, in addition to the usual food, beverage, and toiletry items that we send. Additionally, we included more than 1,500 cards and letters that were sent to us over the holidays in the care packages.
As always, we would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank You" to everyone who made this most recent pack day possible, especially Operation Bugle Boy, six Eagle Scouts, the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy Student Union, and the students of Vineland High School in Vineland, New Jersey. Without the hard work and generosity of you, the MarineParents family, none of this would be possible, and we truly appreciate all that you do on behalf of our Marines.
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