Calling All CT, MA and RI Moms
You Asked For It… We Are Delivering!!
Announcing: the FIRST Southern New England combined Packing Party!!!
Date: Saturday, December 1st; with a storm date of Sunday, December 2nd
Time: 11:30am – 5:00pm (or until we finish, if earlier)
Place: Conference Room at Harrington Hospital, Southbridge, MA
Now, wait, before everyone questions the location; consider this – From the hospital it is 1 hour to Hartford, CT (mainly due to traffic during the week); from the hospital to Providence, RI – 1 hour; from Boston, MA – 1 hour; from Worcester, MA – 40 minutes tops; from Groton, MA & Plainville, MA – 45 minutes. (We timed it & checked it out with the Physician Recruiter at the hospital.)
This really is a central location. And, because it is central it provides all those Moms who have wanted to attend a packing party, but felt the location was too far to travel, with a party that is central to all.
SO THIS ONE’S FOR YOU… Don’t know what a packing party is? Read on:
The recipients and their wish list will be posted on each states’ page in Navy For Moms in the next few days. The packages will be received in Jan. so nothing holiday related. From the wish list, you gather by purchasing or seeking donations of any or all the items – it is totally up to you & what you find fits within your own budget, time limits & what you want to do.
Letters and cards or children’s drawn pictures are always requested. Remember: items will be used up, snacks eaten; but, we know, from experience, that the letters, notes, cards and pictures are held on to for months!! So if that is what you can afford to do, come and bring those items with you – we’ll need them!!
You need to bring a bag lunch & something to drink. We will bring our items into the hospital and then have lunch together, chatting & getting to know each other. Bring a picture of your sailor so we all can share!
Promptly at 12pm we’ll begin the process: start setting out items; putting boxes together; packing them; filling out customs forms and mailing labels. You’ll be amazed at how quickly a group of determined Navy Mommas can get this job done!
In the process, you will be shipping a lot of “Mom-love” to a group of servicemen/women deployed overseas, some of whom have never received a care package from home! You will also get to know women from southern New England having the same experiences & emotions as you! Have a lot of fun!! With lots of laughing (or crying if needed with hugs mixed in) as we support one another thru whatever is going on with our sailors!!!
What to bring: MAIL, items from the wish list, a pen or marker, scissors, packing tape (if you have some), a bag lunch and beverage, and, of course, Yourself. Don’t forget your sailor’s picture to show off!
We will provide boxes, customs forms and labels. And, a surprise or two as well.
Please contact Sheryl or Donna in either of the following ways:
Sheryl: on Navy for Moms = Sheryl Navy 2; by email: email@example.com
Donna: on Navy for Moms = Proud Navy/NYPD Mom (Donna); by email: DJLCM2B@AOL.COM
We NEED to hear from you in the next 3 days to get an estimate of how many to plan for.
If you want to assist with the planning, let us know that too. More hands make light work...
I think I can make it, but won't know for sure till the Sunday before the packing party. I've been looking for the info about this adoption, but I'm still a little fuzzy about it -- what ship/group is being adopted? And where do I find the details of what items are desired? Looking forward to it!
Donna B from CT here to try to help out with your questions about the packing party. The group is in the sandbox.
I do have a wish list I can email to you if you'd like. I live in CT also and look forward to meeting you.