Semper Fi Fund hosts 2013 Purple Heart Ornament Packing Party

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Start:
November 24, 2013 9:00 am
End:
November 24, 2013 12:00 pm
Venue:
General Chesty Puller, VFW Post 1503
Address:
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14631 Minnieville Road, Dale City, VA, United States, 22193

UPDATE - November 24 @ 10:45AM: Hundreds showed up to help us mail ornaments to our injured Marines. A story is forthcoming but in the meantime, check out the photos from this heartwarming event!

DALE CITY, Va. – For the fifth year-in-a-row the Semper Fi Fund will be sending out more than 10,700 holiday ornaments to Marines who have been wounded since the attacks of 9-11 and are Purple Heart recipients. To help with packing and shipping the ornaments, the Semper Fi Fund will be hosting its annual “Purple Heart Ornament Packing Party” at the VFW Post 1503 in Dale City.

The ornaments contain a rendering of the Purple Heart medal on the front and the Semper Fi Fund’s logo on the back, along with our mission statement of “Serving Those Who Preserve our Freedom.”

Dozens of volunteers will spend the day preparing and packaging the ornaments for shipment to ensure they are received in time for the holidays. The Semper Fi Fund’s founder, Karen Guenther, will be attending along with several other special guests. Media availability is available on the day of the event, or coverage prior to the event (to encourage volunteers to participate) would be greatly appreciated.

The event begins at 9 a.m. Sunday and concludes when all of the ornaments are packed.

Photos of a Wonderful Day!

Dale City, VA - Semper Fi Fund volunteers stand ready to sign everyone in to help pack ornaments. (Click photo for larger image)Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund

Dale City, VA - Semper Fi Fund volunteers stand ready to sign everyone in to help pack ornaments. (Click photo for larger image)
Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund

Dale City, VA - Volunteers began to arrive. (Click photo for larger image)Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund

Dale City, VA - Volunteers began to arrive. (Click photo for larger image)
Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund

Dale City, VA - Hundreds of volunteers showed up to help pack ornaments on this cold November morning! (Click photo for larger image)Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund

Dale City, VA - Hundreds of volunteers showed up to help pack ornaments on this cold November morning! (Click photo for larger image)
Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund

Dale City, VA -  Hundreds show up this morning to help the Semper Fi Fund mail more than 10,700 Purple Heart ornaments to more than 10,700 injured Marines who have received the Purple Heart. Click photo for larger imagePhoto courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund

Dale City, VA - Hundreds show up this morning to help the Semper Fi Fund mail more than 10,700 Purple Heart ornaments to more than 10,700 injured Marines who have received the Purple Heart. (Click photo for larger image)
Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund

Dale City, VA - Hundreds of volunteers showed up to help pack ornaments on this cold November morning! (Click photo for larger image)Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund

Dale City, VA - Hundreds of volunteers showed up to help pack ornaments on this cold November morning! (Click photo for larger image)
Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund

Dale City, VA - Volunteer Alex Wenhold of the Geiger Young Marines won the first raffle prize - A Semper Fi Fund back pack! (Click photo for larger image)Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund

Dale City, VA - Volunteer Alex Wenhold of the Geiger Young Marines won the first raffle prize - A Semper Fi Fund back pack! (Click photo for larger image)
Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund

Dale City, VA - Ready to mail! More than 10,700 ornaments were packaged by volunteers and stand ready to mail!. (Click photo for larger image)Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund

Dale City, VA - Ready to mail! More than 10,700 ornaments were packaged by volunteers and stand ready to mail!. (Click photo for larger image)
Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund

Dale City, VA - Mission accomplished! Semper Fi Fund CEO and Founder, Karen Guenther (right) stands with Senior Director of Case Management - East, Susan Rocco (left), Ellen Dunford (second from left) and Debbie Paxton (next to Karen). (Click photo for larger image)Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund

Dale City, VA - Mission accomplished! Semper Fi Fund CEO and Founder, Karen Guenther (right) stands with Senior Director of Case Management - East, Susan Rocco (left) and volunteers. (Click photo for larger image)
Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund

Dale City, VA - Semper Fi Fund CEO and Founder, Karen Guenther with  Sergeant Major Michael T. Mack of the Wounded Warrior Regiment. (Click photo for larger image)Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund

Dale City, VA - Semper Fi Fund CEO and Founder, Karen Guenther with
Sergeant Major Michael T. Mack of the Wounded Warrior Regiment. (Click photo for larger image)
Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund

Dale City, VA - Mission accomplished! Semper Fi Fund Senior Director of Case Management - East, Susan Rocco (left) and Senior Case Manager, Janine Canty. Janine was instrumental in coordinating today's event. Thanks Janine!! (Click photo for larger image)Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund

Dale City, VA - Mission accomplished! Semper Fi Fund Senior Director of Case Management - East, Susan Rocco (left) and Senior Case Manager, Janine Canty. Janine was instrumental in coordinating today's event. Thanks Janine!! (Click photo for larger image)
Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund