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Sidonia McReynolds, center, is flanked by San Clemente Military Family Outreach co-chairs Christine Gonzalez, left, and Kathleen Morea during presentation of the organization’s IMPACT award. McReynolds was the first president of the nonprofit when it began as Friends of San Onofre Marines in 2002. Courtesy photo

San Clemente Military Outreach, an all-volunteer nonprofit, is approaching its 10th anniversary.

The organization was originally known as the Friends of San Onofre Marines and was started by retired Marine Lt. Col. William McReynolds and his wife Sidonia McReynolds in late 2002. The McReynolds guided the group for five years, before retiring to San Clemente. William McReynolds passed away in 2008, but the organization has continued to help local Marines and their families from its office granted by St. Andrew’s By the Sea United Methodist Church in San Clemente.

The organization is preparing for a busy final quarter. An annual fundraiser is just around the corner, followed by the group’s fifth annual Variety Show on October 27 at the San Clemente Community Center. The show, which features amateur talent as well as Las Vegas and Hollywood headliners, helps finance an annual November giveaway of more than 1,200 Thanksgiving turkeys and dinner fixings to low-income families of Camp Pendleton Marines. During the Christmas season, the organization’s “Thank a Family” morale event will provide all the Christmas needs for Marine families, including Christmas trees, clothing and toys.

For more information about San Clemente Military Outreach or to learn how to help, visit

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