Marine Corps Veteran, Mark Dolfini has taken the initiative along with the Lafayette, Indiana Marine Corps League, to reach across the world to help his brothers and sisters in arms. He chose to work with Soldiers’ Angels, a military support non-profit organization, focusing his efforts with Soldiers’ Angels Germany, whose mission is to help those who are receiving medical care at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. Mark is working closely with MaryAnn Phillips (the most amazing angel), who leads the all volunteer effort in Germany, to assess the ever changing needs of service members at Landstuhl. Mark started his efforts of standing in uniform while collecting goods for the service members, the week before Memorial Day and will be pulling a 24 hour collection the 3rd and 4th of July.
While traveling through Europe this month, I had the privilege to spend some time with MaryAnn and she is truly impressed with Mark’s efforts and was anxiously awaiting his first shipment (which has since arrived). Crucial to Soldiers’ Angels Germany mission, is keeping a storage room full of goods to distribute to those who are there in need of medical care. Often wounded heroes arrive at the hospital after being airlifted from the battlefield. MaryAnn said to me, “What a wonderful act of love it is, to hand a hero a backpack full of comfort items, clothing and blankets that were donated by Americans back home who truly care about them.” When items arrive in bulk: such as a box full of sweatpants, a box full of blankets or a box full of calling cards, it makes it much easier for the volunteers to sort and organize the items for distribution.
Mark has decided to undertake the task of a 24 hour collection over the 3rd and 4th of July by doing a midnight to midnight vigil. He will be in his Dress Blues, standing at the Position of Attention in between an American Flag and the Marine Corps colors waiting for people to come and donate at the corner of SR 26 and Creasy Lane, in Lafayette, Indiana. While the collection efforts will continue on into the future, this will be the last day he will be out in his uniform soliciting directly to the public for donations. He has referred to what he’s doing as “Standing for the Fallen.”
Since we can’t all be in Indiana, if you would like to make a donation of goods, you may contact markatjunepalms dot com (written this way to control spam). The Marine Corps league will also accept financial donations for this project, please contact Mark for additional information.
MOST-NEEDED ITEMS FOR JUNE 2010
- Female underwear, various styles (high-leg, bikini, etc.), sizes M, L, XL
- Men’s Boxerbriefs (M, L, XL, 2XL) 2nd choice boxers. Please do not send “tightie whities”.
- Shorts, baggy basketball-type (M, L, XL – any color)
- Good disposable razors, individually wrapped or 2-packs (we would rather have 1 Fusion or similar than 100 of the cheaper kind that tear guys’ faces up)
- Shaving cream, aerosol cans, travel size only
- Nail Clippers (large & small)
- Deodorant, small size preferred but not necessary
- Undershirts and plain T-shirts, size MEDIUM (crew neck, any color)
- Sweatpants and Zippered Hoodie Sweatjackets, size MEDIUM, need more pants than tops (grey, black, dark blue)
- Sweatpants and Zippered Hoodie Sweatjackets, size LARGE, need more pants than tops (grey, black, dark blue)
- Sweatpants and Zippered Hoodie Sweatjackets, size EXTRA LARGE, need more more pants than tops (grey, black, dark blue)
- Calling cards (click for details)
If you would like to send items on your own, please check the current list of needs.
Attn: Soldiers’ Angels
APO AE 09180
- Please notify maryann.phillips at gmail dot com (spelled out to reduce spam) when items are shipped.
- Include a note with your name, Email address, and brief description of items sent in your packages. Without this information, we will be unable to confirm their receipt.
- Please allow 6 – 8 weeks for receipt confirmation.
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