We're so glad you joined us for this issue of Operation PAL™ News and we're grateful for your involvement in this important outreach program.
With Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day marked as great successes, we're now hoping Easter will bring just as many, if not more, cards to our Marines!
If you're thinking of writing our Wounded but aren't sure what to say, take advantage of the opportunity to send holiday mail. Holiday cards can make it much easier for you to convey your message of gratitude and encouragement.
Simply grab a card and wish our Warriors a Happy Easter! Spring is on the horizon and we want to brighten their days just like Spring brightens ours with thoughts of warmer weather.
Notice we added Private First Class Paul (PJ) to the Operation PAL™ list and be sure to include him as you're writing and sending our Wounded hugs and sunshine for a good Spring.
Lori, OpPAL™ and PHHS™ Volunteer
Lori is a wonderful angel who visits our wounded and ill Marines, giving comfort and support as she goes. She volunteers not only with OperationPAL, but also helps Purple Heart Family Support provide weekly meals to Wounded Warriors. She is also an 'official hugger' for sendoffs and homecomings.
To Lori, serving Wounded Warriors at the dinners every week; hugging them and being able to give them a home-like environment is what it is all about. "They are so grateful for us being there," said Lori, "but they have no idea how grateful and unbelievably humbled and privileged we are to be allowed to be there for them."
One Wounded Warrior who is currently on Lori's heart is LCpl Arron. He really looks forward to the PHHS dinners, and has continued coming to them even though he is undergoing aggressive chemo treatments. Through everything, LCpl Arron has continued to set goals and fight what the chemo does to him. One of the goals he is excited about is marrying his fiance Michelle whom he plans to marry this summer.
"Seeing the look on these young men and women's faces and knowing they're going to receive some loving care is an indescribable gift...just priceless," says Lori. "I can't imagine doing anything else. I am truly blessed!"
The strong spirit of giving in Lori's family dates back to her great grandma, who used to give fresh bread and other baked goods to families who had been deeply affected by the Depression.
Thank you so very much for remembering our wounded and ill warriors when you write and pray. Your kindness is most appreciated.