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Calling All “Elfs” – “Holiday Cheer at Walter Reed 2017”

Marine Moms-Bethesda's "Holiday Cheer @ Walter Reed-Bethesda 2017"








The original post for “Holiday Cheer” was published 27 September 2017.  Bumping this up to today, 14 December 2017 to keep our “Elfs” in the loop.

14 December 2017 “Holiday Cheer” Update:

When “Plan A” doesn’t work, move on to “Plan B”. (And have Plan C, D, and E in the background, too!)

We will not be  “adopting” a Marine family and two single Marines after all.  A misunderstanding occurred concerning required paperwork.

This has resulted in a formal “gift offer” being submitted to the Marine Corps office at Walter Reed on 13 December 2017 to be forwarded to the Wounded Warrior Battalion Headquarters at Camp LeJeune for approval.

The offer lists specific items and their value, with the request the items are given to wounded warriors and/or their families.

Rather than items chosen for specific individuals, we have offered items we think,  from our past experiences at the hospital,  the patients or family members can use during their rehabilitation and recovery time at the hospital.

Once approval is received we will move forward.

Just a note: We have submitted paperwork the past two years for this. Things can change quickly when working with the hospital.

We understand this, and we’re flexible.



29 November 2017 Update:

Many thanks to this year’s “Elfs” for the Holiday cards and gifts!  We are so very grateful for your support as we continue our mission at Walter Reed-Bethesda. We’ll post an after-action report after the holidays.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


Original post dated 27 September 2017

This is your opportunity to say THANK YOU to the patients at Walter Reed NMMC and let them know they are in your thoughts this holiday season.

We are very grateful  to our “Elfs” who’ve helped Marine Moms-Bethesda bring “Holiday Cheer” to Walter Reed since 2007.  Thank you for caring and for giving your precious time to bring “Holiday Cheer” to the patients and their families at Walter Reed-Bethesda.

"Great Joy For All" Marine Moms-Bethesda "Holiday Cheer"
“Great Joy For All”

“Holiday Cheer” has been one of the events over the years that really touches the heart.  Seeing support come in during the holidays from all over the country for the men and women we serve when they are so far from home is very humbling. They really appreciate your efforts. Thank you for your consideration.

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AAR – “Holiday Cheer 2016”

giftBeing far from home in a hospital over the Holidays is no fun.

We were grateful to once again have the opportunity to bring some “Holiday Cheer” to recovering Marines at the hospital.


On December 7, 2016 Marine Moms-Bethesda delivered gifts and cards to the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Battalion-East Detachment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. This was our 10th year bringing cheer to patients!

The car is packed and ready to head over to Walter Reed!
The car is packed and ready to head over to Walter Reed!







With so few combat patients on the hospital ward, we focused our “Holiday Cheer” efforts on our annual card campaign and adopting three recovering Marines.
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Holiday Cheer 2015: Cards and “Elfie-ness”

Holiday Cheer 2015 logo

It’s hard to believe this will be our 9th “Holiday Cheer event”!

Once again we’ll be bringing Holiday Cheer to patients and families so far from home at Walter Reed/Bethesda over the holidays!

This year’s “Holiday Cheer will be a little different and consist of:

  1. A “Holiday Cheer” luncheon on the inpatient surgical ward at Walter Reed, serving all service branches.
  2. “Elfie Gifts” for a Marine family with children, and two single Marines.
  3. “Holiday Cheer” Cards Campaign.

We’re pretty excited, and also honored to have this opportunity to serve those who’ve served us and who are so far away from home during the holidays.

See the Elfie details by clicking “continue” or click here for the AAR.

Please note:
The final postmark deadline for “Holiday Cheer” is Monday, November 16, 2015.

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