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Calling All “Elfs” – “Holiday Cheer at Walter Reed 2016”

hollybunchMany, Many THANKS to those of you who helped make Marine Moms-Bethesda’s “Holiday Cheer at Walter Reed” a success!

 

UPDATE Dec. 13, 2016:   We’re no longer accepting cards for this year’s card campaign. Cards and gifts have been delivered.  Please consider contacting a local VA VET Center, VA hospital, Hospice (some have Veteran-care), or Red Cross to see if they have needs you may be able to help with to bring Cheer to the patients and residents this holiday season.

We’re very grateful to the “Elfs” for their support this year, making Holiday Cheer at Walter Reed a success! Thank you!

Gifts and cards were delivered Wednesday, December 7, 2016 to the Marines in the Liaison Office to distribute on our behalf.  We’ll add more pictures after Christmas, don’t want to spoil the surprise!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(pssst… Can you believe this is our 10th year of “Elfie-ness”?! 😯 ) Continue reading Calling All “Elfs” – “Holiday Cheer at Walter Reed 2016”

November 6, 2016 – 4th Floor: USMC & Veterans Day Theme

Proud to be an American!

Ten years of luncheons at Bethesda/Walter Reed.

It has always been an honor to serve the patients and their families and today was no different.

As things have changed at the hospital, we’ve adapted our luncheons.  Thoughts of years past and how things have changed come to mind as we reflect on those we’ve served.

Our main mission since 2007 has been serving wounded warriors and their family members. This is why we formed – to serve our “sons by another mother” who were so far from home.  And now we sometimes serve our “daughters by another mother”, too.

As the numbers of combat casualties have decreased, we’re serving “regular” active duty, Veterans, and their families more so than combat patients. Because there are fewer combat casualties, we adjusted our schedule to three luncheons this year.

Gift tableThe luncheons impact is still the same.  Food for the families when the cafeteria in the hospital is closed, family members stay with us to eat because their loved one can’t have solids, the surprise that we’re there, and the appreciation and thanks for the meal and niftie-gifties.

Our supporters and “Elfs” are very much appreciated by those we serve. You help to make the luncheons quite awesome!

We’ve watched the hospital expand and grow as Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval planned to merge.  Continue reading November 6, 2016 – 4th Floor: USMC & Veterans Day Theme

Holiday Cheer 2015 Updates

Holiday Cheer 2015 logo

 

Thank you to the Marine Mom-Bethesda “Elfs” who brought Holiday Cheer to Walter Reed!

We love how “Elfs” from different parts of the country show their support during such a special time of year to those we serve!  You are SO appreciated!

Thank You for entrusting Marine Moms-Bethesda as a steward of your donations and gifts in support of our mission of bringing food and comfort items to the injured, ill, and wounded warriors and their families at Walter Reed.

You help brighten their time spent during their recovery at the hospital, and you are more appreciated than you know.  Thank you for caring.

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The Holiday Cheer 2015 “Elfs”:  Thank You!

Their very generous donations made this year’s event possible.

Alabama: Barbara

Florida: The Zabel Family;  Cheryl & Ted

Maryland: Choptank Marine Corps League Detachment #439; US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 21-03; Dina; Jessi

Oregon: Marilyn

Washington: WA State Operation Thank You

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The Cards:

“Elf Barb” screened, sorted, and bundled the cards up in a cheery bow. Thank you, Barb!

Thank you, Cards Elves!

Alabama: Barbara

California: “Women in Recovery”

Colorado: Ellen-Alisa

Florida: The Zabel Family, The Frase Family, Marilyn & Crew, and Cheryl.

Maryland: Michelle; Choptank MCL Detachment; Our Lady of Victory/Baltimore grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5.

Oregon: Marilyn

Card bundleThe hand-written, and sometimes homemade, cards were distributed during our December 6 Holiday Cheer luncheon on the 4th floor to patients either directly, or to their family members to give to their loved ones.  They were given to combat patients, and to “regular” active duty or Veterans who were surgical and cancer patients on the 4th floor. 

The handmade cards were beautiful – no they were gorgeous!  The ones from the kids were great, the blank batch sorted into packets with stamped envelopes were really appreciated, but most of all, the heartfelt notes and thoughts inside the cards were uplifting and encouraging.
Continue reading Holiday Cheer 2015 Updates

November 8, 2015-4th Floor: Our Thanksgiving, Happy Birthday Marines, and Thank You Veterans Luncheon All Rolled Into One!

Over the years, our November luncheons have become a celebration of the Marine Corps’ Birthday and Veterans Day. I remember a few years ago, a Marine in a wheelchair came into the luncheon room and all he wanted was a piece of cake.  He told us he hadn’t had a piece of birthday cake and was so glad we had one. Another year, Janet had brought a huge turkey and we had all the fixin’s for a good southern Thanksgiving meal.  I was outside of the luncheon room next to the niftie-giftie table and a Marine in a wheelchair came out of the room with a heaping plate and a turkey leg laying right smack on top of everything, with a huge grin on his face.  It’s the little things…

The ward was pretty quiet this luncheon.

The Team: Dina, Deb, and Jane, with help from Julie, and Ryan from the Inpatient Warrior Family Office.

The Menu: deviled eggs, turkey & gravy, sliced ham, cornbread dressing, green beans, chicken noodle soup, fresh fruit salad, assorted rolls, assorted drinks, fresh smoothies, pumpkin pie, and of course, USMC Birthday Cake!

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The Niftie-Gifties: quilts, pillowcases (from Bayside Quilters), hand-knit slippers (from Carole and the Castaways) and scarves (from Dina), DVDs (from Dina’s friend), and snack bags (made up by our “Bag Lady”, Julie).

Every luncheon has at least one moment that stays with us. Dina sent me this after the luncheon:

“I’m still thinking of that sweet lady/mom that jumped right in and helped us and then checked in on us again as we were cleaning up.  What a blessing she was!  I wish I got to talk to her some more.”

She was so helpful!  She checked back in with us while we were packing up, on her way to the Fisher House to see if we needed help.  We gave her extra snack bags to give out to people she knew there.

Many thanks to our volunteers and supporters for your help making the luncheon a success. You are SO appreciated!

Happy 240th Birthday, Marines!

Birthday cake
240 Years!

 

 

 

 

 

 

To our Veterans, thank you for serving!

Until next time, continued prayers for our military and their families.

With Respect,

Jane

 

 

 

This Veterans Day, Honoring those who have served. Thank you for defending FREEDOM!

 

 

October 4, 2015 – 4th floor: Hurricanes and Heroes

So… a hurricane formed down in the Bahamas the week before the luncheon.

Okay, no problem, this storm will be here and gone before the weekend gets here. Or so we thought.

Joquain decided to take his good ol’ sweet time spinning around down there traveling 3 or 4 miles an hour for what seemed like forever. It’s so easy to let oneself be dragged into the panic of a potentially deadly hurricane traveling up the Chesapeake Bay and by 2 PM Wednesday I was wondering if we should cancel.

Hurricane Joquain's projected path
Hurricane Joquain’s projected path.

By Friday the path was forecast far enough away we were comfortable enough to go through with the luncheon. Then we worried about wind restrictions and the Bay Bridge being closed. Thankfully it all worked out.

The Team:

Dina, Deb, and myself.  Thank you, Ladies! Job well done!  And thank you to the Corpsman who came in on his day off to check on us, we appreciated your help!

Deb and Dina unloading the cars. A few years back these carts would be crammed full and stacked 3 feet high and we'd make three or four trips with them, unloading the cars. Deb and Dina unloading the cars. One trip did it.  A few years back we’d make three or four trips with the carts and they would be three feet high on top and the bottom would be chock full of stuff. Continue reading October 4, 2015 – 4th floor: Hurricanes and Heroes

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.

Continue reading Holiday Cheer 2015: Cards and “Elfie-ness”

September 6, 2015: 4th Floor – Bits & Pieces

Sandwich fixin's - lettuce, onions and tomatoesThe Menu:

Deli Platter– Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef

Potato Salad

Green Beans

Chicken Noodle Soup

Fresh Fruit Platter

Potato Chips

Mini Cupcakes

Smoothies

Soft Drinks, Juice & Water

The Team:

Mary, Jillian, and Jane. 

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to Marine Moms-Bethesda’s mission for the past five years, Mary and Jillian.

quilts, pillowcases, and cardsThe Niftie Gifties

Continue reading September 6, 2015: 4th Floor – Bits & Pieces

July 19, 2015 – 4th Floor: We Never Know…

LCplSmitty says "Welcome!"
LCpl. Smitty welcoming our guests to the luncheon.

 

Nope, we don’t.  With the number of combat casualties down this year the luncheons have become smaller.  We’re serving more non-combat patients than we are combat patients.  When Dina asked how many to plan for I gave her smaller number than we’ve ever taken food for, based on the last few luncheons and they ended up serving almost three times that number.  Okay, so we’re always worried we’re going to run out… She tells me they had very little in the way of leftovers.

Continue reading July 19, 2015 – 4th Floor: We Never Know…

June 7, 2015 – 4th Floor: Can DO and Git ‘er Done!

Oh, to be young again!

Guy dropped off the supply boxes the day after the luncheon. We unloaded the tubs and bags from his truck into the living room, then he told me how things went at the hospital.

Guy is a Navy Veteran, active duty in between the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The stories he can tell… Continue reading June 7, 2015 – 4th Floor: Can DO and Git ‘er Done!