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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

November 9, 2014 – 4th Floor: Marines, Veterans, and Thanksgiving

Julie & LCpl. Smitty
Happy Birthday, Marines!

Today’s Luncheon was a celebration of the USMC’s 239th Birthday and Veterans Day, serving a Thanksgiving Day meal!


The Sponsors:

Carey & Chris

Joanna & Joel

Mary T.

WA State Operation Thank You

Thank you!

Room Before
The room when we arrived, the “stuff” we brought (first trip up), and almost ready to serve.

the food
The buffet, missing are the mashed potatoes and stuffing.

The Menu:

Turkey & Ham

Gravy, Stuffing

Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Potato Soup & Fresh Fruit Salad

Stuffed Celery, Cranberry Sauce

Cheese & Pepperoni Tray

Pickles & Olives

Asst. Rolls

Assorted Drinks & water

Fresh Smoothies

Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pumpkin Pie & Cake

The Niftie Gifties:

pantry bags, quilts and pillowcases

Quilts from Olde Kent Quilters

Patriotic Pillowcases from Bayside Quilters of the Eastern Shore

Marine & Army Lap Quilts from Jean in Ohio

Scarves from Eleanore in New Jersey

Snack Bags

Thank You!

The Day:

We send out the call for sign-ups to our luncheon volunteers and they help when they can. Some months we have two or three, this month we had seven. Even though we staggered the arrival times, I thought we’d be knocking elbows with everyone in the room, and we were – until the line began to form. Continue reading November 9, 2014 – 4th Floor: Marines, Veterans, and Thanksgiving

“May All Eagles Fly!” Our 2014 annual quilt raffle has begun.

Our annual quilt raffle is back with another gorgeous quilt donated by Bayside Quilters of the Eastern Shore.  Thank you, quilters!

This year’s quilt is named “May All Eagles Fly!”

100% of the proceeds will directly benefit the Warriors and families we serve at Walter Reed/Bethesda through our luncheons. 

Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  More details here.

Thank you for your consideration!

raffle quilt
Marine Moms-Bethesda’s 2014 Raffle Quilt, “May All Eagles Fly!”


August 18, 2011 – Mercy Hall: BBQ and Quilt Raffle

Mercy Hall door signGreeting us at the doorway to Mercy Hall was this sign.  The transition has begun!






One of the first orders of business after we arrived was drawing the name of the raffle winner.  Jared, who had drawn the name last year, was there again this year and we were able to enlist his help.

2011 Marine Moms-Bethesda raffle drawing









The winner was Continue reading August 18, 2011 – Mercy Hall: BBQ and Quilt Raffle

February 17, 2011 – Mercy Hall: “Charity?”

“I don’t want charity,” he said to me.
“Charity?” I never really thought of it that way.

He had his reasons and although he didn’t go into great detail, I respect them.  One never knows where other’s paths have taken them…

Charity = Kindness.

Charity = Compassion.

Charity = Goodwill.

Charity also = hand outs, assistance, aid.

I wonder if somewhere along the line, he was taken advantage of by someone offering help under the auspices of  “charity”.

I wish I had thought to say,

“Please accept our luncheon as a gift, a “Thank You for Your Service” from many, many people across this country who are grateful for your service to this country.”

That’s how I see our luncheons, as a “thank you”.  His words caused me to have a “light bulb moment”… I need to rethink some things.

He left laughing, we were friends, and although he says he won’t be there in April, we’ll keep an eye out for him just in case.

There are no strings attached to our luncheons or the things we pass out to the troops or families during our visits.  The gifts that enable us to host the luncheons come from people who ask for nothing in return.  Many of them wish to remain anonymous.  They prefer to give quietly and do not wish to receive any accolades for being benevolent.  They are giving from their heart.

Those who want to give to the troops through us and want pictures and/or names of the troops in return, or do it for self-promotion – sorry.  Marine Moms-Bethesda does not do that.  You will have to find someone else to accommodate you.


The email began:

“Aloha, Jane,
      Greetings from a cloudy Kauai!”

red white and blue quiltA Navy Mom from Hawaii was “volunteered” by her Sailor to send a quilt for us to give to a Warrior.  The quilt was given to a Marine who had been stationed in Hawaii.
Thank you, Kauai Quilt Guild and Melissa for the beautiful quilt!


Katie and Bob setting up the buffetKatie is learning the ropes and will be coordinating some of the Mercy Hall luncheons this year.  She did a wonderful job involving February’s luncheon crew with the planning and getting the information out to everyone.  She also came up with some new ideas that we will be implementing behind the scenes to make the beforehand prep go a little more smoothly for everyone.


playing poolat Mercy Hall






A meeting for the Marines to learn about new benefits was going on when we arrived.  We had lots of help unloading the cars.  After the meeting some of the guys played pool while they waited for us to finish setting things up.

Jess set up her massage chair and was busy the whole time.
Bob kept the smoothies going and Grace served.

We had a few names to look for and after we finished setting up, Katie went over to 5 East to give them a quilt and pillowcases from Bayside Quilters, pantry bags, and notes. She also invited the families she ran into to come over for lunch.  Four of the families took her up on the invitation.

roasted vegetables

I can still smell the roasted vegetables and fresh green beans!




The salad disappeared.salad and crockpots







Beef stew and cheesy chicken mac and cheese casserole were the main dishes.


Too many desserts!  I can’t help it!  I have it in my head to fatten the guys up and they have it in their heads to chocolate chip cookiesget back in shape!  They always win!

Thank you to Kelly and Casey from Homestead Gardens for the cookies! They were a hit!

Today’s luncheon crew:
Katie, Jess, Grace, Bob and Jane.
Thank you! Job WELL done!

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

Love and Hugs,


July 29, 2010 – Mercy Hall: Marine Moms-Bethesda Luncheon Today!

entryway to Mercy Hall This is what people saw when they walked into Mercy Hall on the day of our luncheon. A welcoming entryway…a pretty flower arrangement… a poster.

Cool poster, eh? One of our “Elfs” had it made up for us using pictures we have taken over the years. Thank You!
Sometimes even the best laid plans have to be revised. The storm that hit the D.C. area on Sunday as we were leaving the hospital after our 5 East luncheon, affected our volunteers who were coordinating the Thursday luncheon at Mercy Hall. Electricity went out in parts of the area for several days, and food was lost in homes and stores.

Elizabeth had to work at the last minute and couldn’t come. Susie enlisted Lauren and they scampered around gathering things together. Then there was an early morning meet up in rush hour traffic so Elizabeth could pass on something to Susie.

Everything worked out fine.  We have Plans A, B, C, and if needed, Plan D!

I don’t think people realize how scattered Marine Moms-Bethesda’s volunteers are.  Continue reading July 29, 2010 – Mercy Hall: Marine Moms-Bethesda Luncheon Today!