Seniors served free lunch | thanksgiving, senior, meals – News – The Orange County Register

Seniors served free lunch | thanksgiving, senior, meals – News – The Orange County Register.   We had a great morning at the Florence Sylvester Senior Center!

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 –

Please watch the NBC Video on the event –

Please read  the article that appeared in the military news:

Thanks to all.

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  All donations are tax deductible.

We love our troops!