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San Clemente Military Family Outreach has rebounded with new Chairwoman Kathleen Morea from San Juan Capistrano, and a fresh volunteer from San Onofre Trisha Elliott who steered the thanksgiving turkey event last fall. Elliott, who lives on base with her Marine husband and three children, joined the board and oversaw the distribution of 1,200 turkeys and complete dinner fixings to needy families. In addition to helping struggling families day in and day out with emergency financial assistance for groceries, gas, diapers, baby formula, clothing and car repair, they managed to make up layettes and host baby showers for 56 expectant Marine moms and to deliver much needed school supplies for 36 classrooms at the San Onofre school at Camp Pendleton. At Easter, they worked with United Healthcare to deliver 270 Easter baskets to additional families at the north end of Camp Pendleton.
Only a few months into the new year, Elliott’s husband received orders to move to a new duty station in Okinawa. The organizational reloading is now in progress with volunteer Christine Gonzalez from Pendleton joining the board. The volunteers are already back in the trenches, preparing the annual summer fundraising appeal and an October 29 “Starry, Starry Night” variety show fundraiser at the San Clemente Community Center. They are also upgrading their website, exploring greater use of the social media and making other improvements to speed delivery of services and supplies to the field. “Things are back to normal and that means we are responding to the abnormal, the unexpected emergencies that impact our military families every day,” Morea said in a press release. For more information, call 949.492.2537 or go to www.militaryfamilyoutreach.com.