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.
January 26, 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.
November 27, 2004
Alicia Robinson Chiropractor Jake Pivaroff has enlisted everyone on the floor of his building to collect items for care packages to help an Orange County Army National Guard unit. Beginning Monday, Pivaroff's office and others in his Corona del Mar building will become drop-off points for socks, writing supplies and other items that will go to Company C, 1/160 Infantry (Mechanized) California Army National Guard, known locally as "Team Viper."
December 2, 2006
Seniors make care packages for soldiers A small group of seniors gathered Friday at Bethel Towers in Costa Mesa to put together care packages for four soldiers stationed in Iraq. Once a year around the holidays, Mary Ann Baine gets a group together to make packages for young men and women serving overseas. This year, the team made packages for Airman 1st Class Eric G. Gonzalez of Costa Mesa; 1st Lt. Seth Layton of San Diego; Capt. Jamie Uptgraft of Orange County; and Spc. Timothy Robbins of Alaska.
June 15, 2007
Volunteers packed about 200 boxes with toothpaste, stationery, drink mixes and Girl Scout cookies on Thursday as part of Costa Mesa's third celebration to support the city's adopted Army company, now serving in Iraq. The reason? "Just anything we can do to help them since they're doing some hard work over there," said Johan Gout, who brought his 6-year-old daughter Raleigh and a bag of trail mix, beef jerky, batteries and shaving items to the packing party. The city adopted D Company, 2-25 Aviation Regiment, in September and has sent the soldiers two shipments of care packages.
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...
June 21, 2004
Cannery to take part in Operation Gratitude The Cannery restaurant in Newport Beach will donate 10% of its sales from Tuesday's "wine night" to Operation Gratitude, which pays for care packages that are sent to American troops overseas. The packages include food, toiletries, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation. The nonprofit Operation Gratitude has partnered with the California Army National Guard base in Van Nuys, where the packages are assembled.
May 31, 2007
After a distinguished career as a state legislator and state education secretary, Marian Bergeson is still flying high. Well, she was Friday, anyway — the Newport Beach resident went skydiving to celebrate her 82nd birthday. It wasn't her first time. Bergeson jumped from a plane as a state Senator one year when budget talks hit a snag, she said by phone last week. "I always said I was going to do it on my 80th birthday, but that sort of slipped by," she said. "I'm making plans to do it again on my 90th, so that shows my native optimism."
September 10, 2005
Marching through a walkway of waving American flags, McKinley Elementary School students received red and white carnations, and shook hands with the mayor and Sgt. Michael Vargas-Machuca, a U.S. Marine who recently returned from serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom as part of the school's observance of Patriot Day. Several Burbank schools held special assemblies Friday to commemorate Patriot Day, a day declared by President...