A very special thanks to
all the volunteers, donors,
businesses and small groups
who came out in support of
our barracks projects for 2/1, HMLA 169 and 2/5.
will go out later this
week with more details
OHH's Board of Directors has voted on and approved the following events for the rest if this calendar year and more... We are in the process of notifying the units and solidifying the dates.
An additional e-newsletter will go out later in the week with more information:
End of July, 2011
Operation Bedtime Stories for 2/4
Baby bundles for 7th ESB.
Grocery drives to benefit our fall barracks drives and 1/5's wounded warriors.
Operation Rack Pack barracks drive for 1/1.
Sept. 11th Patriot's Day event with the City of RSM
Operation Rack Pack barracks drive for 1/5.
OHH Baby Shower for 2/4.
Operation Christmas Spirit for 50+ families.
Operation Bedtime Stories for 2/5
Operation Rack Pack for 2/4
OHH's E-newsletter for June 2011
Volume 2, Edition VI
Next Event: OHH Baby Shower for 1/5's New and Expecting Mommies
Pictured above: 2/5's new and expecting mommies from our March 20th OHH Baby Shower
Date: 06/26/2011 (Sunday)
Location: Camp Pendleton
Why: Deployment can be long and stressful for any family member separated from a loved one on the home front, but it is especially hard on new and expecting mommies, many of whom go through labor and delivery without daddy and far from family support. Our goal is to unite mommies in these circumstances with one another in hopes of building a support network. In addition, we hope to send them a clear message that we appreciate the sacrifices they make while their husbands bravely serve our country.
Details: Help us pamper 37 of 1/5's New and Expecting Mommies during their husbands' deployment to Afghanistan. Through "mommy adoptions," we give each mommy a baby essentials gift basket, a mommy gift bag, raffle prizes and more.
How to help: If you are interested in donating or helping out with our baby shower for 1/5, here are some ways we could use your help:
1. Adopt-a-mommy: For details on how to adopt your own mommy as an individual or with your small group, contact Laura Hopper at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website for a mommy adoption wish list.
2. Donate a baby item for a gift basket -- no contribution is too small!
3. Donate a prize for our baby shower games A list of the items we need for our baby shower games is available on our webpage.
4. Too busy to shop? Donate through the paypal option on our webpage and we'll do the shopping for you!
5. Donate much needed larger baby items The cost of preparing for a baby can be overwhelming, especially for single-income military families. Your donation of new or gently used larger baby items can help take the pressure off of our OHH Baby gift recipients. (Items like highchairs, strollers, car seats, swings, bouncers, pac n’plays, etc.)
6. Donate gift cards for our guests to use toward their baby registries at Target and Babies ‘R Us.
As the president of Operation Help a Hero, I get to experience the joy and personal reward of supporting our men and women in uniform through our projects and programs. I feel so lucky to be able to do this, side-by-side, with incredibly selfless people who give of their time and resources often without seeing the lasting impact their deeds have on those we serve first hand. Our volunteers KNOW they are making a difference, but they are silent heroes who offer strength and support asking for nothing in return.
Many of you know that my own husband just returned from deployment. During this deployment, I watched our efforts make a difference in the lives of people I know well... which doesn't often happen. My daughter was connected to her daddy through an Operation Bedtime Stories video, friends in our unit were showered with love at our OHH Baby Shower, and Marines I know and love came home to goodies through our barracks project. I want you to know it's true -- the strength and support you offer DOES make a difference. And it has certainly made a difference to me and those I love!
I think the best way I can thank you is to share a little piece of my family with you. Below is a picture of our daughter as she was reunited with her daddy. Deployment was hard on our 4 year old, but thanks to people like you, she was surrounded by love and support -- always.
Thank you. And as always, thank you for your support of Operation Help a Hero. Sincerely,
Operation Help a Hero