Operation Valentine 2011 was a great success !

Theodora Yoch, Drew Parton, Kaitlyn Oudt

Packing 2500 Care Packages

Letting the Marines know how much we appreciate them!


Approximately 1100 mothers and daughters of District V, Region 5 ( Orange County- 13 Chapters) of National Charity League arrived at Camp Pendleton Sunday morning and shared a day with the Marines while packing 2500 care packages for the men and women Marines stationed in Afghanistan.

As District Specialist- Philanthropy, I commend this year’s chairperson, Pam Roy on the outstanding job she and the team did.  It could not have gone better.  It was inspiring during the course of the day to see moms and daughters asking questions of our Marine hosts, approx.120,  who guided the chapters through the rotations of giving a glimpse of Marine life while allowing time for us to pack out the necessary care packages.  It was a great day.  We shared and learned and walked away with a fondness and respect for the Marines and all they give to us.

Please read the Orange County Register Article on the event – http://www.ocregister.com/news/marine-283372-pendleton-league.html

Please watch the NBC Video on the event – http://www.nbcsandiego.com/station/shows/knsd/morning-salute/Saluting_Operation_Valentine_San_Diego-113206334.html

Please read  the article that appeared in the military news:


Thanks to all.

Operation Valentine 2010 Kicks Off

Operation Valentine 2011 will be on January 9, 2011 at Camp Pendleton Marine Base.   Enjoy the video of last year’s event, I had the privilege to Chair. This year’s Chair is Pam Roy of the Laguna Chapter.  I am now the National District Specialist and still involved.  How could I not be !  Enjoy last year’s video.

Operation Valentine 2011 at Camp Pendleton Marine Base

General Mills addressing some of the volunteers.

Planning has already begun for Operation Valentine 2011.  This year I will participate in the National Charity League District V  Executive Planning Committee for the District Event.   Melisa Cory the District President feels that we will be involved in Operation Valentine for a 4th year.   This is very exciting, as this has been a labor of love for me since I was involved.   This year the Executive Committee will be comprised of myself, The District President,  Teresa Loge, the District Philanthropy Liaison, and the 2011 Chair of the Event Pam Roy, from the Pacific Coast Chapter.   We are very excited about working with our partners and with the executive staff at the Marine Base.  We are planning an exciting event and will plan to send more care packages and provide more funds to the Families Left Behind of the deployed Marines.

I will provide updates as they become available. 

If you would like to help us give our Thanks to the Marines who serve us, from Camp Pendleton ,  please contact me at  myoch@cox.net.   Any and all help is appreciated.

NCL’s Operation Valentine 2010 at Camp Pendleton

National Charity League’s Operation Valentine at Camp Pendleton Marine Base was a tremendous success !  Our final donation was $18,000 to the Base for the Families of the deployed Marines.  We completed 2400 Valentine care packages for the Marines and 100 care packages for the Lioness Battalion of Women in Afghanistan.    As Chairperson of the event , this is my second year with this event.   As I thank my committee of hardworking volunteers, integral to this event, I also give heartfelt thanks to our Operation Valentine 2010 supporters and partners.   The efforts of all involved allowed us to provide the Marines with approximately $80,000 of in-kind donations and cash – $62,500 of in-kind donations for the care packages  and $18,000 in gift cards to the Marine families.  Congratulations to everyone for an outstanding result in such a difficult economy.  Our supporters and sponsors are:

Donor List

99 Cent Only Stores

Advanced FLOW Engineering, Inc. (aFe)


Beckett Media, LLC

Blistex Inc.

Blue Daisy Paper

CVS/Pharmacy Inc.

Cannon Building Services, Inc.

Card Integrators, Inc

Clay S. Eckert, DDS, Inc.

Exchange Club of San Clemente

Hoo-Ahhs Field Wipes Inc.

ICM Packaging, Inc.

Junior Amateur Golf Scholars (JAGS)

Las Campanas Sustainers of South Coast Chapter

Mimi Teller Photography

New Vista School

Nick Nguyen, DDS

Patterson Dental

Ralphs/Food 4 Less Corporation

Renditions Interior Design & Furniture

Robert M. Rice, DDS, Inc.

Phyllis Schaub, DDS, Inc.
St John’s Episcopal School


The Sam Schueller Family

The Troy Tate Family

UFC Magazine

Wells Fargo Foundation

The Members of the Thirteen Chapters of National Charity League, Inc., Region V, District 5 – Orange County, CA

Operation Valentine 2010 – Camp Pendleton, CA



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Then said a rich man, “Speak to us of Giving.”

And he answered:

You give but little when you give of your possessions.

It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

Giving by Khalil Gibran

On Sunday, January 10, 2010, approximately 750 volunteers will meet at Camp Pendleton in the early morning and stay all day  to pack 2400 Valentine care packages for the 1st Marine Division.  This is the annual district event for 14 Orange County chapters of the  National Charity League.

The National Charity League, District V of Orange County will be hosting its 3rd annual Operation Valentine 2010 at Marine Corp. Base Camp Pendleton on January 10, 2010. This event brings together the members of 14 Chapters of National Charity League and approximately 750 volunteers whose purpose is to fill and send 2400 Valentine Care Packages to 3 Marine Battalions from the 1st Marine Division, currently stationed in Afghanistan.  In addition, cash donations will provide approximately 450 gift cards to the families of the Marines.  This will require a fund raising effort to achieve funds in excess of  $15,000 for the  gift cards which provide a needed supplement to base families. Any funds raised for this event directly benefit the active duty Marines and their families stationed at and affiliated with Camp Pendleton.

I am privileged to be the co-chair of this event ( Saddleback Chapter )  with Denise Miller of the So Cal Chapter ( Long Beach, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos). Together with a stellar group of ladies, we will  work to gather donations of money and products and manage the logistics of this event.

This is the 3rd year for Operation Valentine. Last year’s event took place at Camp Pendleton and the Orange County NCL Chapters sent 1200 Valentine care packages to our Marines in Iraq  and provided approx. $10,500 in gift cards to Marine families. This year we will double our efforts.

This is a difficult economy to achieve  such ambitious results, but our ladies are fierce.   We will ask the  Orange County Register to cover this event again. Our publicity staff will work to get as much needed publicity for this event as possible.

If you would like to donate products for our Valentine care packages or make a donation to our fund for gift cards, please contact me at myoch@cox.net.  All donations are tax deductible.

We love our troops!