We attended a truly fantastic event today – Blue Star Families’ Books on Bases! Held at the De Luz Family Housing Office and in coordination with Disney who donated thousands of books, it was simply a fantastic event.
A simple tent kept the grown ups out of the hot sun while the kids played on the playground. They handed each family a hard cover copy of “A Big Guy Took My Ball!” that was then read to us by Colonel Johnston, a Disney voluntEAR, and a guest from the crowd. Plus, a visit from Mickey Mouse! Afterwards, they led us into the Housing Office where each child could pick out 5 books apiece, plus a gift bag of goodies that included plush dolls, snacks, and a photo with Mickey. All books were hardcover and the age range was 12 and younger. My two little readers were in heaven and are both reading their books now while I type this thank you post to Blue Star and to Disney.
Blue Star Families’ Books on Bases program visits bases all over the world to distribute books to the children of our warriors. Thanks to support from Disney, the Books on Bases program has distributed more than 70,000 books. These events help military families spend time together, nuture a strong, family environment, and most importantly, they demonstrate to our children that our nation loves and appreciate the sacrifices that military families make in the support of our great nation. Read more about this amazing organization here: https://bluestarfam.org
Military families often depend on non-profit organizations to make their holidays special. Our family has been blessed many times by some of the organizations below.
Here’s a run down of the different holiday programs that are happening around San Diego County
Camp Pendleton –
MOM4USA SAN ONOFRE HOLIDAY FOOD/GIFT GIVEAWAY
San Onofre Community Center
Saturday December 7th
More details to come
Wish list sign up will start in the next couple of weeks on the ASYMCA Camp Pendleton website. Secret SANA is for military families of the rank E4 and below with children and stationed on Camp Pendleton.
Signups start November 4th for the Armed Services YMCA San Diego’s SuperParent Holiday Toy Program. SuperParents selected through a lottery are provided the opportunity to choose two free toys for each of your children from the selection of thousands of toys in our ASY ‘toy store’ at the ASYMCA Murphy Canyon military housing site.
For active duty E-7 and below stationed and/or living in San Diego.
The 2013 Santa Store will be held on Tuesday, December 3rd and Thursday, December 5th from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the USO San Diego Downtown Center and Saturday, December 7th from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at San Diego Harley Davidson. NOTE: Please do not contact San Diego Harley Davidson as this is a USO San Diego program. Only children ages 4-10 are eligible to register for the shopping portion of the Santa Store event. Other siblings outside of this age bracket are able to attend the event, visit with Santa and enjoy a meal so long as they are attending with a registered child. Please note you must have at least one child registered for Santa Store to attend.
In-person registration starts on Thursday, October 17th and Friday, October 18th from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., or until it is full. Registration will be held at the USO San Diego Downtown Center located at 303 A Street, Suite 100, San Diego, CA, 92101. You will be able to choose your date and time for Santa Store during registration.
On Saturday, May 18, 2013 Operation Appreciation will be held at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheater. This event free of charge for military families. It is a day of recognition for families searing at Camp Pendleton and nearby military bases. The day will include free food, live entertainment, a children’s fun zone with carnival rides, rock climbing wall, crafts, face painting and inflatable jumps. Baby Shamu and the Padres Pad Squad will also be there to meet and take pictures.