Deli Platter: Turkey, Ham, and Roast Beef
Rolls & assorted breads
Chicken noodle soup
Fresh fruit platter
Soft drinks, juice, and water
There are a heck of a lot of nice people doing good things for our service members at Walter Reed.
Mercy Hall has closed. The residents moved over to Sanctuary Hall, the new barracks, in the early summer, and food events aren’t allowed there. Base policy. Today was our first luncheon at the USO Warrior and Family Center.
We reserved a room in the new USO for today’s luncheon. Their volunteers were very helpful, checking in with us every so often to see if we needed anything. They stayed busy greeting people as they entered the building, making them feel at home, keeping the snack bar stocked for the guys and gals coming in, and a multitude of other things.
The Warrior Family Coordination Cell (WFCC), the office tasked with coordinating events in cooperation with the different service branches and the USO, sent a Sailor down to offer help, and then later during the event, stopped by to check on us again. Yes, they are military, doing the job they’re assigned, but they went out of their way to help us out.Continue reading October 23, 2014 – Good people doing good things.→
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After taking some time off, Marine Moms-Bethesda’s Newsletters are back!
Nine years ago this month, October 2005, Janelle and I made our first visit to Bethesda Naval Hospital to visit a Marine mom and her son who had been wounded in combat. Where have the years gone?
What’s in this edition:
What we’ve been up to
We need your help!
What we’ve been up to:
We continue hosting monthly Sunday luncheons at Bethesda, now Walter Reed NMMC, on the 4th floor, and invite the Critical Care Unit combat families and the Traumatic Brain Injury Ward guys & gals and their families to join us. Continue reading October 19, 2014 Newsletter→
The holidays are right around the corner and it’s time to plan for “Holiday Cheer 2014”!
We’ll be serving out-patients at Walter Reed during this luncheon. They live on their own or with their caregivers in dorm-like rooms. Many are young, single, and do not have family living with them.
Not all are “combat wounded”, however they are at Walter Reed-Bethesda for medical reasons during active duty service. Our Holiday Cheer event and bi-monthly luncheons are a HUGE morale booster for them!
The event consists of a holiday meal, Christmas stockings, handwritten holiday and Christmas cards from across the USA, cookies baked by our local “Elfs” AND a whoooole lotta CHEER!
“Holiday Cheer 2014” will be on December 4th, 2014. Location: USO. Serving Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM This event will be limited to 25 wounded, injured, or ill service members and their family members, first come, first served.
Would you like to be a Marine Moms-Bethesda Elf? Sponsor a stocking or send cards! Here’s how!
We hope you enjoy today’s luncheon, made possible by Marine Moms-Bethesda Volunteers, The Easton Rotary Club in Easton, MD, Touch of Relief, and “Elfs” across the USA who care and would like to say “THANK YOU!”
This day brings back ten year old memories of a beautiful sunny morning. I was in the garden cutting flowers to make a bouquet to place in my Uncle’s casket. His funeral was to begin at 1100. I walked back into the house and saw on TV the second plane hit the Tower and knew immediately our country was at war.
Uncle Steve was a World War II Army Veteran. His Honor Guard that day included young men and women from all branches of the military. I remember thinking to myself as they folded the flag that covered him, “They will be going to war.” A few months later, we went to Afghanistan.
Actually, it wasn’t even a few months…
Our volunteers knew that many of the young men and women we would be serving were eight, nine, ten years old when the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and Flight 97 were attacked and thousands of innocent Americans were murdered.
We are very grateful to the Easton Rotary Club of Easton, MD for their sponsorship and help serving this luncheon, and to Touch of Relief for their soothing seated massages provided to family members and patients.
I met with the Rotarians who would be joining us – Jackie, Doug, Tim, Connie, Maureen, and Patti a month before the event, filling them in on whom we would be serving, what to expect, and explained our Code of Conduct, which all volunteers joining us are expected to follow.