Kids Korps USA has launched its new “Give 12” program in collaboration with The Starbucks Foundation, which provides monthly community volunteer projects based on a different service theme each of the 12 months. May’s kickoff event held at the La Colonia Center in Solana Beach on Armed Forces Day (Saturday, May 19) focused on a Military Appreciation theme and celebrated our local heroes and their families at Camp Pendleton.
Thirty-five volunteers, ages 5 and up, gathered to stuff teddy bears, make blankets, create American Flag pins, and assemble 50 care packages with goodies for children at Camp Pendleton who currently have a parent deployed, and away from home. Families also wrote letters to the troops, and decorated quilt squares with messages of hope and appreciation to be added to large blankets distributed to wounded soldiers, through a wonderful program called Soldiers Angels.
The event also included some very special guest speakers: Captain Robert Regedanz and Corporal Corey Sherbon (both active Marines, who shared a little about life in the military, where they’ve been deployed, and their specific jobs within the Marines), along with Sebrina King, the Family Readiness Officer for the 1st Battalion/ 4th Marines at Camp Pendleton, and three teens who shared their experiences growing up in a military family, and what it is like when their parent gets deployed for long periods of time.
At the end of the event, the 50 care packages travelled with Sebrina to Camp Pendleton, where they will be distributed to our local military families. Volunteers certainly felt a sense of satisfaction for all of their hard work, especially after hearing from the wonderful guest speakers, and knowing that the care packages, letters and blankets would help share heartfelt gratitude to the brave military and their amazing families!
The Give 12 Program is generously sponsored by The Starbucks Foundation. To learn more, sign up for upcoming projects, or join our Planning Committee, please visit: www.kidskorps.org, or call 760-452-2676.