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Anaheim 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Adoption Committee Newsletter May 2014 UPCOMING EVENTS Committee Meetings City Hall - 7th Floor 10:00am 2014

After 8 long months of deployment, the 13th MEU is home! A huge Homecoming Celebration was held on April 24 at Camp Pendleton as we welcomed home the members of the 13th MEU. There was not a dry eye on the beach as the Marines and Sailors were met by their loved ones. You’ve never seen a military reunion until you’ve actually seen one in person. We are so blessed that all of our Marines and Sailors came home to their families safe and sound. The weather was perfect and everyone had a great time. So many people from all over came together to volunteer their time and other resources to ensure the members of the 13th MEU and their families knew how appreciated and loved they are. Several members of the Committee attended the event. No matter how many of these events we attend, each one is like the first one and we never get tired of wishing our heroes a huge THANK YOU & WELCOME HOME!

Your tax deductible donation for every event can be mailed to us: Anaheim 13th MEU Adoption Committee, 5753-G E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd, #601, Anaheim, CA 92807. Donations can also be dropped off at City Hall, 7th Floor or to arrange for a pickup, please call 714-637-5575. If you prefer, you can send a check payable to the Committee with a notation on the memo line as to how you would like your donation used.

May 21, 2014 June 18, 2014 July 16, 2014 August 20, 2014 September 17, 2014 October 15, 2014 November 19, 2014 No meeting in December

SAVE THE DATE The 2015 Semper 5K Run will be held on Saturday, March 21


Get Involved

Thank you to all who donated items to be placed in the Welcome Home Bags for our returning Marines and Sailors. A special Thank You to the congregations of The Rock Community Church in Anaheim and The Crossings Church in Corona. When approached to help collect several hundred items, both churches jumped at the opportunity to give back. The children made Thank You cards to include in the bags as well. Thank you also to Claudia from Colorado who was driving by and saw committee members stuffing the bags and stopped by to help. What a wonderful addition she was to the “bag stuffing party”. The response to our donation solicitation was amazing and once again, members of the community pulled together and made a huge difference. The generosity and support shown was priceless and appreciated.

Write If you would like to send a letter or card of support to a member of the 13th MEU, please write to: “Any Marine” c/o Chap. Darren Stennett 13th MEU P.O. Box 555636 Camp Pendleton, CA 92055

Donate The Anaheim 13th MEU Adoption Committee is a volunteer based, citizen-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We rely solely on corporate and individual donations in our support of the Marines, Sailors and families of the 13th MEU.

Stay Connected

Donations can be mailed to Anaheim 13th MEU Adoption Committee 5753-G E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd. #601 Anaheim, CA 92807

Adoption Committee Website: www.anaheim.net/13thMEU

714-637-5575

Facebook: www.facebook.com/13thMEU

Charity ID #80-0153575


Easter may have come and gone but the memories live on thanks to so many who donated baskets and gift cards. Not only did we collect the number of baskets needed for the families of the MEU, people were so generous we were able to take Easter baskets to the hospital and bless the children there with Easter too! Imagine how sad a sick child must have felt being in the hospital on Easter morning and then imagine how quickly they perked up when given a basket - a basket donated just for them by a complete stranger. The difference made is amazing and to all who donated, we cannot thank you enough. Saying “Thank You” to those who donated and made the day so special for the children just doesn’t seem enough. As you can see by the pictures, the kids truly had a great time and many had such a hard time picking out that perfect baskets amongst all those donated. The call for baskets and gift cards went out and the response was almost immediate. The blessing of so many wonderful people is one that the committee never takes for granted and we are continually grateful for the support always shown for our families. A special “Thank You” to Jeanne Spence, Della Kirchner, Drew Lerner, Letty Valdez, Jack Sievers and Linda Garcia who went above and beyond with their beautiful baskets once again this year. Thank you to the Anaheim YMCA for donating the wonderful baskets made by their kids for our kids. These cute baskets are assembled by the kids attending the YMCA and are used as centerpieces for the Good Friday Breakfast. The YMCA has been so generous over the last several years to our families as they have donated all those baskets back to the MEU Easter Drive. In addition to all the candy-filled Easter eggs were golden eggs which contained the grand prizes. Thank you to Disneyland and the Anaheim Hilton once again for their generosity. A trip to Disneyland and an over-night stay at the Hilton is something that the winners will surely remember fondly for years to come. Thank you also to Anaheim Discovery Christian School (ADCS) - we needed those $15 Target gift cards for the teenagers, and our friends at ADCS came through again. Enjoy the pictures and know that none of this would have been possible without so many angels who blessed these children. The smiles, excitement and laughs are what being a child is all about - giving them this day, especially during deployment, is an amazing gift. Thank you again to all who donated - your kindness will NEVER be forgotten!

Due to the outpouring of support, boxes of baskets were taken to the hospital. They couldn’t be at Easter, but we were able to bring Easter to them. What a blessing!


WELCOME HOME TO MEMBERS OF THE 13TH MEU - 2014 HOMECOMING

Homecoming and Easter pictures by Raymie Chapman


2014 13TH MEU EASTER PARTY - CAMP PENDLETON


Anaheim 13th MEU Adoption Committee Newsletter / May 2014