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December 14, 2011

A very Merry Christmas season to all!
We hope this newsletter finds you well, enjoying the sights and sounds of the coming holidays, and looking forward to spending more time with loved ones through this beautiful season. For those whose Marine or recruit is away from home this season, be assured of our thoughts and prayers for their safe return, and our constant support for their great work.

If this is your first newsletter from Marine Parents, welcome! If you are a returning reader, thank you for your continued support! We are so thankful and proud be surrounded with such spirit and strength!
In This Newsletter
'Tis the season for giving, and we have several stories below that remind us of just that! Read on to learn about how individuals and businesses around the country are helping out our troops this holiday season.
Reaching Out
Check out a fun photo of a young supporter and read about Marine history to share with your loved ones year-round.

We know the holidays are a hectic time of the year. We hope this newsletter gives you a little break for a few moments, a chance to curl up with a hot cup of tea, and read about some of the blessings of this season...

Giving A Lot of Sole


McDaniels Marketing Sock Drive  


To get into the Christmas spirit this year, a full-service marketing communications agency of Pekin, Illinois, is launching a sock drive for Marines with their holiday greeting.


McDaniels Marketing's greeting card this year features all of the employees wearing wacky Christmas socks, with a greeting that reads "Give Your Heart and 'Sole' to deployed Marines."


President Randall McDaniels commented that while having all their employees pose in crazy socks was a lot of fun, their efforts reach toward a much deeper mission. "It's our goal to get hundreds of socks to Marine Parents for their January 21 shipment to the troops in Afghanistan." reflected McDaniels. "This drive is one small way we can show our gratitude to the troops and celebrate the giving spirit of the season."


Click here to view their story...

"Stars for Troops" from Hardee's

Franchise in Cleveland, TN Donates $10,000


The Hardee's franchise customers in Cleveland, J&S Restaurants Inc., came together to help Marines and families in a big way with a "Stars for Troops" fundraiser this year. The three week long campaign raised $11,638 at the Cleveland franchise, and over $1 million nationwide.


When the fundraiser ended, CKE Restaurants Inc. returned $10,000 to the Cleveland location to be donated to a program of their choice. Tammy Bivens, Marine Mom and vice-president of finance for J&S Restaurants, nominated Marine Parents. Tracy Della Vecchia, CEO and founder, said Marine Parents was delighted! She explained that 99.9 percent of donations will be used for Marine Parents outreach programs.


CEO of CKE Restaurants, Andrew F. Pudker, expressed his appreciation for the remarkable participation, saying that "Advocating for our military families and veterans is a cause close to my heart and the hearts of CKE employees."


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Ooh-Rah Princess
Marine Family Embraces Semper Gumby

Sharing photos supporters send in of their loved ones is
one of our favorite things, and we definitely couldn't wait to show you this one! 

Proud Marine Mom Lynn sent in this photo of her granddaughter Chloe all dressed up in our priceless Marine Princess outfit with Semper Gumby to entertain her! She was able to get a copy of the photo to her Marine son as well. Start that proud spirit young! Ooh Rah Princess and Semper Gumby!



Gift Giving Galore


Let the EGA Store Help You This Season


We've been busy elves in the store getting it ready for the holiday season, and we have a sleigh full of

new items for you to check out!


Maybe you've checked off almost everything on your list and just need a few things to finish up (ooh-rah to you!), or maybe you're just getting started.We are here to help you find great gifts for all your loved ones this season!


Whether you're looking for beautiful, spirit-filled Christmas cards to send your family and friends, essentials to ship to your Marine, or something more lighthearted, like our Semper Gumby line, we are here to help make you and your loved ones' season bright!  


Click here to see our best-selling items...

The Marine Prayer


A Message for All Seasons 


There are many facts and traditions important to the Marine Corps, from songs and seals, to the following prayer below:


Almighty Father, whose command is over all and whose love never fails, make me aware of Thy presence and obedient to Thy will. Keep me true to my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose and deed and helping me to live so that I can face my fellow Marines, my loved ones and Thee without shame or fear..."


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Santa's Helper
Care Package Sponsorships
Gift Sponsorships
Why stress about finding unique gifts for everyone on your list, when Marine Parents offers a perfect, and much more meaningful, option?

Purchase a gift sponsorship this holiday season, and we'll send a card to your gift recipient letting them know that a care package will be sent on his/her behalf to a Marine overseas.
Your gift recipient's name and address will be included in the package to be mailed out January 21, 2012, so the Marine may choose to write back.

A Fresh Take


Check Out Our New Logo


The new year is just around the corner

and soMarine Parents Social Icon is the 9th anniversary of

Marine Parents! We're celebrating with a new look!


We look forward to continuing the good works of supporting families and Marines through the many outreach programs of Marine Parents for years to come!


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God Bless and Semper Fidelis, 
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