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By Brittany Woolsey | September 11, 2012
As a nurse for 25 years, caring had always been a part of Mary Anne Bane's personality, so helping service members in Afghanistan comes instinctively. For the seventh year, Bane, along with 10 other Costa Mesa seniors, put together care packages at Bethel Towers on Saturday for five soldiers in Afghanistan. "I just felt like it was time to do something," Bane said. "And this is our way of showing our support. We're seniors and we don't have a lot of money, but when you put it all together, our [care]
NEWS
May 23, 2007
In honor of Memorial Day, fashion retailer Draper's & Damon's is partnering with the USO to provide care packages to troops overseas, committing to a $25,000 contribution to Operation USO Care Package and collecting donations now through Monday at each of its 48 outlets. The care packages — stuffed with items such as prepaid phone cards, disposable cameras and toiletries — are distributed to soldiers participating in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
FEATURES
September 8, 2007
Marianne Hess of Our Lady Queen of Angels church in Newport Beach is seeking community members to help her and other parish members put together care packages for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hess has been working on the project for two years, sending a supply of 20 to 30 boxes each month to U.S. troops. She started by sending gifts to her nephew, Camp Pendleton-based Lt. Mike Deal. With Deal preparing to leave for his second tour, Hess plans to adopt the 40 Marines serving under him as well.
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May 5, 2009
A Costa Mesa Cub Scout pack has collected food and toiletries for the marine regiment recently adopted by the city, which the scouts will deliver to City Hall on Friday. Scout Pack 711, based at Christ Lutheran School, is contributing the items for care packages given to troops and their families. It’s part of an ongoing effort sponsored by Costa Mesa to support the 1st Battalion 5th Regiment of the Marine Corps stationed at Camp Pendleton. Pack 711 is made up of first- through third-graders, most of whom go to Christ Lutheran School, according to admissions counselor Lisa Olson.
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By Britney Barnes | January 12, 2010
Miniature bottles of soap, toothbrushes in neon green, blue and red, toys, white-cotton socks and candy were heaped in rows and tossed into cardboard boxes as teenage girls went through the twisting, never-ending lines preparing care packages for the 1st Marines division troops in Afghanistan. Inside each care package, a red or pink hand-written card with cutout hearts and sticker Cupids decorating the front wished a Marine a Happy Valentine’s Day. National Charity League Inc. put together more than 2,000 care packages for the 1st Division Marines Sunday for its third annual Operation Valentine.
NEWS
By JIM DE BOOM | May 6, 2006
The city of Newport Beach and the American Legion Post 291 held a boxing party April 23 to assemble 145 care packages to be sent to the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, the Marines adopted by the city of Newport Beach. "We only planned for 75," said Steve Spriggs, one of the American Legion organizers of the event. "But the citizens and the post members donated so much we nearly doubled that." Spriggs added, "If citizens would like to send a letter or care package on their own to the 1/1, please mail them to Maj. Bill Wischmeyer, H&W Company S-1, FPO, AP, 96426.
NEWS
June 28, 2012
Newport Beach firefighters are collecting care packages and individual donations for the city's adopted Marines battalion, the 1st Battalion 1st Marines. Double AA batteries, toiletries, foot powder, beef jerkey and other snacks that don't melt are on the list of requested items. A flyer announcing the drive also requests a "letter or notes thanking our Marines for their service. " Care packages and individual items can be dropped off at any Newport Beach Fire Station. Call (949)
NEWS
By: Elia Powers | September 11, 2005
Where most people see mounds of cheap candy, Taffy Dalby spots a donation opportunity. The Costa Mesa resident makes an annual sweep of area grocery stores the day after Halloween to purchase half-priced sweets. Eventually, she sends the Snickers and Reese's Pieces along with other goods to deployed troops in Iraq. "The boys love their candy," Dalby said. On Saturday, as they do each month, Dalby and her husband, Tony Dalby, invite community members to their home to make care packages for American military personnel.
NEWS
April 7, 2003
This community will never cease to amaze me. All it takes is one article and people come out of the woodwork with unprecedented support for their neighbors. It is commendable, uplifting and a tad daunting all at once. While I am encouraged by the dozens of e-mails and phone calls I have received asking for more information on how to send care packages to the troops, I must ask for a cease fire, as I have no magic solution. In the past two articles I wrote on the subject, I gave every piece of information I had on how to get care packages to our troops overseas.
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By Bradley Zint | November 4, 2013
The Orange County Fairgrounds on Nov. 11 will host a Veterans Day event billed as the county's largest in recent memory. Veterans groups and various labor unions - including the Orange County Employees Assn. and California Labor Federation - are organizing the free event at the state-owned property in Costa Mesa. The festivities at the fairgrounds, 88 Fair Drive, run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include live music, entertainment, information booths and free hot dogs. Parking is also free.
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NEWS
October 9, 2012
A Newport Beach dental office will buy children's Halloween candy and then help send the sweets to American service members overseas. Beginning Nov. 6, the office of Dr. J. Foster Weems, 1617 Westcliff Drive, No. 201, will give local trick-or-treaters $2 for each pound of candy they bring in. The candy can be sold in-person at the office between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. They will then give that candy to Operation Gratitude's Halloween Candy Buyback...
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By Brittany Woolsey | September 11, 2012
As a nurse for 25 years, caring had always been a part of Mary Anne Bane's personality, so helping service members in Afghanistan comes instinctively. For the seventh year, Bane, along with 10 other Costa Mesa seniors, put together care packages at Bethel Towers on Saturday for five soldiers in Afghanistan. "I just felt like it was time to do something," Bane said. "And this is our way of showing our support. We're seniors and we don't have a lot of money, but when you put it all together, our [care]
NEWS
June 28, 2012
Newport Beach firefighters are collecting care packages and individual donations for the city's adopted Marines battalion, the 1st Battalion 1st Marines. Double AA batteries, toiletries, foot powder, beef jerkey and other snacks that don't melt are on the list of requested items. A flyer announcing the drive also requests a "letter or notes thanking our Marines for their service. " Care packages and individual items can be dropped off at any Newport Beach Fire Station. Call (949)
FEATURES
By Brianna Bailey | January 27, 2010
Between packets of hot chocolate and tubes of lip balm, sixth-graders from Temple Bat Yahm’s religious school tucked personal letters into care packages heading this week to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. “I told them basic stuff, like where I live and what I like to do. I also tried to ask a lot of questions, too,” said 12-year-old Alex Roude, who attends school at Vista Verde Elementary. “I hope they write back,” Alex said. The students stuffed boxes of goodies for troops as part of the Newport Beach temple’s annual Mitzvah Day program.
FEATURES
By Britney Barnes | January 12, 2010
Miniature bottles of soap, toothbrushes in neon green, blue and red, toys, white-cotton socks and candy were heaped in rows and tossed into cardboard boxes as teenage girls went through the twisting, never-ending lines preparing care packages for the 1st Marines division troops in Afghanistan. Inside each care package, a red or pink hand-written card with cutout hearts and sticker Cupids decorating the front wished a Marine a Happy Valentine’s Day. National Charity League Inc. put together more than 2,000 care packages for the 1st Division Marines Sunday for its third annual Operation Valentine.
NEWS
November 27, 2009
The City of Costa Mesa has launched a holiday care package drive to welcome home its adopted Marine Corps unit for Christmas, and is seeking donations. The 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment is due home before Christmas from a tour in Afghanistan. The city is seeking donations of nonperishable items, as well as tax-deductible monetary contributions and gift cards for purchases of perishable foods, which will go toward supporting the returning Marines and their families. Suggested nonperishable donations include: stuffing mix, canned vegetables, canned fruit, Jello, coffee, tea, cocoa, non-refrigerated juice, soft drink mixes, such as Crystal Lite, powdered creamer, boxed sugar, packaged cereal, pancake/waffle mix, syrup, cake/dessert mix, snack items such as beef jerky, canned or packaged nuts, dried fruit, granola bars, popcorn/kettlecorn, Pop Tarts, Protein bars, Slim Jims, and sunflower seeds.
FEATURES
May 5, 2009
A Costa Mesa Cub Scout pack has collected food and toiletries for the marine regiment recently adopted by the city, which the scouts will deliver to City Hall on Friday. Scout Pack 711, based at Christ Lutheran School, is contributing the items for care packages given to troops and their families. It’s part of an ongoing effort sponsored by Costa Mesa to support the 1st Battalion 5th Regiment of the Marine Corps stationed at Camp Pendleton. Pack 711 is made up of first- through third-graders, most of whom go to Christ Lutheran School, according to admissions counselor Lisa Olson.
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