As 2017 comes to an end, we'd like to wish the Marine Parents family a happy holiday season and a Merry Christmas. Nothing we do would be possible without you, and we truly appreciate all that you do on behalf of our organization and on behalf of our men and women in uniform. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for some of the work you helped us accomplish with our outreach programs this year.
Gold Star Legacy™
Gold Star Legacy strives to provide support, information, and services to Gold Star family members, to help promote events, memorials, and foundations in memory of their loved ones, and to encourage the public to honor and remember our fallen heroes. This year, we helped grant two Gold Star mothers' wishes, by sending 47 Marines from their sons' units to their funerals in their home towns. Costs for travel, hotels, and transportation to and from the funerals exceeded $50,000 and we would not have been able to do it without your support and our generous donors. We also connected with other Gold Star and White Star family members by hosting the Remembering our Fallen Exhibit, providing materials for remembrance at funerals, promoting Gold Star family causes and memorials, and providing a place to connect and share for White Star family members.
Warrior Support Team™
Our Warrior Support Team strives to provide resources and fellowship to wounded, ill, and injured troops and veterans, including those living with post-traumatic stress, as well as to provide resources and support to family members. Our volunteers serve meals to injured troops and their families as well as distribute the "Warrior Reintegration Bag" which provides books and resources to veterans as they reintegrate into civilian life after combat-deployment. With your support, we were able to provide over 80 warriors with a Warrior Reintegration Bag and serve hundreds of service members monthly at the Liberty Center in Balboa and the USO in Bethesda.
The Luminary Initiative™
The Luminary Initiative promotes awareness of Gold Star Family Day and urges organizations and individuals in communities throughout the United States to light luminaries at dusk on the last Sunday of each September in honor of our fallen heroes. We are humbled to announce that over 4,600 individuals participated in luminary lighting events in at least 48 states in 2017.
Every Stage of the Corps
In addition to our outreach programs, MarineParents.com provides informational websites for every stage of the Corps as well as a place to connect and share® in our Official MarineParents.com Facebook Groups. Our informational websites include: MarineParents.com, RecruitParents.com, WhatsAfterBoot.com, AfterTheCorps.com, the Deployment Center, and our Unit Information Database™.
It is an honor and a privilege to support those who serve, and your unwavering support is the reason Marine Parents has been able to do so for almost 15 years. We look forward to seeing what 2018 has in store for our outreach programs and services.
Make Your Year-end Donation to MarineParents.com
Midnight this Sunday, December 31st is the deadline for charitable donations to be deducted from your 2017 Federal Income Tax Return. Please consider making your donation to Marine Parents. Click here to donate online and help us start the new year in the best way possible: in support of our Marines and their families at home!
MarineParents.com is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) public charity. All donations will receive a receipt via email or US Mail. Our federal forms 990 are available for your review.