The holidays are here and I must admit I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year. I start to stress out with the many tasks before me and then I catch myself and stop. Stop to take a moment to remember what's truly important about Thanksgiving: taking the time to pause and bask in the glow of all the reasons there are to be thankful. This year I'm thankful to help in hosting a few good Marines this Thanksgiving at my sister's house.
We're participating in the 2013 Camp Pendleton Home Hospitality program, where we'll have two Marines in training join us in our Thanksgiving holiday. It's sure to be a wonderful day on many levels and it's this type of giving that gets me excited for the holiday season.
If you're interested in helping out the Marines, Irvine has a program to do just this. The Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee provides charitable activities and support for the welfare of the United States Marines and their families assigned to Camp Pendleton, with special emphasis on the Marines and families of the 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines. Here are some of their upcoming holiday events:
Holiday Toy Drive - through
Help make the season brighter for a child whose mom or dad is in service to this country. We are collecting new, unwrapped gifts suitable for infants or children through 12 years. Toy drive containers will be located in the lobbies of the Irvine Civic Center and Police Department and in the Orange County Great Park's Visitor Center. Toys will also be collected at the Joyful Jingles holiday concert on December 8 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.
Drop off Locations
Irvine Civic Center Lobby (Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm) 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA 92606
Police Department Lobby (Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm) 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA 92606
Orange County Great Park Visitors Center (Thursdays -Sundays) (866) 829-3829
2/11 Marines Holiday Party at Camp Pendleton
Mark your calendars for December 19th for the annual holiday party for the 2/11 Marines, Sailors and families Your help is needed to host the single largest event of the year for the 2/11 Marines.
Toy sorting: Dates in advance of December 19th. Contact Tina Anderson at 714-588-8014 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Party set up, decorating, guest registration, craft tables, serving food and more! Full and part-day shifts available. Location: Camp Pendleton on December 19th.
Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee, Inc.
17595 Harvard Avenue, Suite C2270, Irvine, CA 92614 - Irvine211@yahoo.com
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!