The Chapters for Children program is an annual event and is held in mid-August on the grounds of Camp Pendleton. Picture a huge white tent, filled with tables and clothes racks overflowing with hundreds of articles of clothing and approximately 100 Assistance League members waiting for their “customers”. Then picture hundreds of Marines’ families, each led by their volunteer personal shopper, filling their shopping bags with their free, new… and much needed… school outfits.
Joining other Assistance League chapters in San Diego and Orange Counties, Assistance League of North Coast distributed school clothing (socks, underwear, sweatshirt, two pairs of pants, two tops or shirts) and school supplies, including an age-appropriate dictionary, to the children of enlisted Marines stationed at the Camp. Assistance League members served as personal shoppers with each family, helping with the selection of size, color and style of the clothing. In addition, each child received a hygiene kit and a voucher for shoes at a local shoe store. As they were leaving, each family was given a note, expressing our gratitude for their service to our country.
This year 688 pre-school and K- through High School children were served.
Finally, picture the smiles, the tears of joy and the looks of disbelief at their good fortune on the faces of these families. “Thank-you” and the other words of appreciation we received, along with the hugs and handshakes, make our efforts more than worthwhile. We can’t wait to participate next year!
The following is a note we received from a participating parent –
I wanted to write each of the participating chapters who graciously donated and helped us military families on August 13th at the San Onofre Community Center. Thanks to you all, my children received plenty of much needed items! I hope
you all realize how thankful we are! Your help really does a lot for us with large families and us who have been hit with unexpected downfalls. Thank You So Much!!!!!