Yes, this was our last luncheon at Mercy Hall. We’ll move over to Sanctuary Hall in August for the next Thursday luncheon.
Special THANKS to Graul’s Market in St, Michaels, MD for their donation of the assorted rolls, potato salad, fruit salad, cookies, and apple pie!
Bayside Quilters of Easton, MD supplied the quilts. They’ve been sending LOVE to the troops at the hospital and Mercy Hall since 2009. Thank you, Quilters!
The “Two If By Tea” tea was donated by an anonymous “Elf”. Thank you!
Katie and Guy, you are always such a pleasure to work with! Job well done! Thank you for your time and dedication to the guys and gals we serve at Mercy Hall!
We met some new people, their first time at one of our luncheons. There are very few places on base to eat and there’s no commissary on base, so even though they have microwaves in their rooms, the luncheons are always a HUGE morale booster for the Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, and Airmen we serve. It was nice meeting them and always a joy to see our old friends and catch up with them.
Now… about that macaroni and cheese… We’ve been working (sorta-kinda) on a cookbook of “tried and true” recipes from the luncheons over the years and should be rolling with it probably toward the end of July, beginning of August. More details to come…
And about the move over to Sanctuary Hall – before we left the base we drove by the building. It’s huge. We’re pretty sure we’ll be serving wounded, injured, and ill out-patients as well as single, enlisted service members (all service branches) stationed at Walter Reed when we do the switch-over. We’re anticipating serving double, maybe triple (maybe more?) the number of people we’ve been serving the past few years at Mercy Hall. We’ll see how it goes.
And who knows what will happen with the situation currently going on in Iraq? First it starts with “no boots on the ground”, then “300 advisors” and a ship with 500 Marines sitting off the coast… And the draw-down in Afghanistan going on… after 5 Taliban honchos have been released from Gitmo… Maybe this is what we need to do…………
Mmm hmmm… How long have we been talking about this, Ladies, 10 years or more?
The Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen answered their country’s call and served their time over there with honor following the orders they were given. We’re proud of each and every one of you.
If you think what we do is a worthy cause, please consider buying a raffle ticket or two. We are 100% volunteer, and 100% of the proceeds from our annual quilt raffle fundraiser directly benefit those we serve through our luncheons. Administrative costs, and often times food, are out of pocket expenses for our volunteers. Final postmark is August 1st, tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. For details, please click on the picture. Thank you for your consideration.
Until next time, thoughts and prayers for our military and their families.
Love and Hugs,