Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club collecting donations for military care packages


Support our troops overseas! The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club is organizing an “all out” effort to support our troops by sending care packages made in Rancho Santa Fe and received in Afghanistan. Last year’s packages were full of everyday necessities — snacks and reading materials and personal notes — and they arrived in time for the holidays. After receiving over 35 boxes from the community of Rancho Santa Fe, 1st Sgt. Adam Bala wrote “Everything the Marines of Golf Company received is of great use and truly appreciated by the Marines. We are located in small patrol bases and do not have access to buy everyday items that are available on larger bases. What people like you send to us is an absolute blessing.”

The men and women in uniform are fighting for this country in desolate and often hostile conditions. They are so grateful for the “little” things that are taken for granted every day. In the spirit of community and country, the RSF Garden Club is seeking your donations for items to fill the boxes and cash to pay for the shipping of the boxes. The more “stuff” and money collected, the more boxes that can be sent. Large flat rate USPS boxes will be filled and sealed on Friday, Nov. 9, starting at 11 a.m. at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. There will be a table available where you can write a note of appreciation and admiration for the brave troops. The notes mean a lot to the troops, but the “writer” goes away with a real sense of individual contact.

The Garden Club is now collecting needed provisions for the Military Care Packages at different locations in the village. Look for collection bins at the Rancho Santa Fe Library, The Book Cellar, the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center, the office of James Jam at 16921 Via de Santa Fe and The Village Market. The Garden Club will have a collection box available when the club is open for scheduled programs and at The Shoppe during regular days and times. Checks should be made out to RSF Garden Club with a memo that it is for the military packages. Mail checks to RSF Garden Club, P.O.Box 483, RSF 92067.

For more information or questions, contact Ginger Bord 760-761-0989 or or Mary Jam 1-760-533-0199.