Adopt A Marine Family For The Holidays
October 20th – December 1st with delivery at Camp Pendleton on Sunday, December 7th.
We’re heading into the Holiday Season and there’s no better time to join DanceHearts and the Bells of Freedom Program to “adopt” military families from Camp Pendleton in what is called “The Big Thank You”.
How It Works: “The Big Thank You”
By “adopting’ a family as part of “The Big Thank You”, the Sponsor individual or group provides gifts including a $150.00 debit card or gift card to the enlisted parents. Sponsors also provide each child five gifts from a provided ‘wish list’ (guideline limit $100.00 per child), a Holiday meal basket that includes anything from grocery script to fresh fruits, boxed or can goods, baked items other personal touches that make this basket a personal reflection of the Sponsor individual, family or group. Then Sponsors are given the opportunity to caravan with to Camp Pendleton and meet their ‘adopted’ family, enjoy a hot catered lunch and present their gifts.
For those Sponsors who wish to ‘adopt’ a family but not wish to shop, wrap, caravan and deliver to their families, Bells of Freedom will provide the Sponsor with their ‘adopted’ family’s name and battalion and our Bells of Freedom volunteers will do the rest. Family adoptions start at $350.00 for a family of three. Adoptions begin October 20, 2014. Join the Staff, Families and Friends of Bells of Freedom and Begin a NEW Tradition for the Holidays.
Why It’s Important
Your personal feelings aside, there are still thousands of our men and women serving in the military here and abroad in order to secure the freedom of Americans everywhere in the world. Many of the families of our military men and women are struggling every day just to ‘make ends meet’. By “adopting” military families during the Holiday season, it is our way of saying “Thank You” for the sacrifices made by these brave men and women (and their families) currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.
The families we ‘adopt’ vary in race, ethnicity, culture, and religion. Their commonality is that they are all employed by the United States Armed Forces and that they are families that need an emotional, spiritual and financial boost.
Trees For The Troops
Another way to brighten the Holidays is to purchase a Christmas tree for a local military single enlisted or family in Bells of Freedom’s “Trees for the Troops” fundraiser for the Emergency Care Fund. This event is being held simultaneously with “The Big Thank You” 2014. With just $50.00, a beautiful 5-6 foot Christmas tree will be donated and delivered to enlisted singles and families at our local Camp Pendleton and MiraMar Bases in your name; or for those ‘hard to buy for’ people on your Holiday list, buy a tree in their name and Bells of Freedom will send them a Holiday greeting telling them of your gift in their name.
Other Ways To Help
Can’t adopt an entire family? You can still participate!Ask us how we can match you with another sponsor family and ‘adopt’ a family together. Cash donations of any denomination go a long way when totaled up at the end of the day. Cash donations allow the Bells of Freedom program to help just one more military family in need. We also gladly accept gift cards to grocery, gas, clothing stores, etc.
Helping Us with Your Financial Support is Greatly Appreciated!
We welcome all sponsors no matter how great or small to accompany us as we caravan to Camp Pendleton to make our delivery on Sunday, December 7th.
However you decide to donate will help let those know who sacrifice each day to protect our freedom just how much you care. Dance Hearts/Bells of Freedom also welcomes cash donations as well as provide volunteer opportunities. Dance Hearts and the Bells of Freedom program has no paid directors, staff or volunteers and 98% of all cash donations go directly to the enlisted and the families we serve.
Last Year’s (2013) Big Thank You Event
Check out the Blog Post and Pictures from last years event, and the video below.
We currently have 80 young military families based at Camp Pendleton that desperately need some support and tender loving care. Please contact us to receive your ‘adopted’ family today!
While we LOVE our family sponsors..if you should know of a company, corporation or organization that wishes to contribute cash to feeding our military and sponsor families during “The Big Thank You”, we welcome cash donations. The cost of providing a ‘meal to share with’ our enlisted is about $1,100.00 per 100 people. Last year we fed 275 enlisted families and their 125 sponsor family members due to generous donations made by concerned community leaders and businesses. We hope we will be able to do the same this year. Donations may be made through our web site or by mail to:
DanceHearts, Bells of Freedom Program
12750 Carmel Country Road, Suite 103
San Diego, CA 92130.
We look forward to speaking to each of you in the next days. But, please don’t hesitate to call us at 858-792-1003 with any questions you or your family may have. Continue your Holiday tradition. Adopt a Family!
Peace and Blessings,
Louis A. McKay,