Let’s Celebrate Our Blessings Together with Our Servicemen
The Best Day of Their Lives
For many of these young people it is their first Thanksgiving away from home. Many of the participating Marines have shared with their hosts that this was “the best day of our lives.” This is something very special that we can give back to these service men who give so much of themselves to us and our country.
How It Works
For the hosting families, Thanksgiving day starts off early at the Ralphs Shopping Center where complimentary coffee and pastries are provided. Immediately following the refreshments, a member of each hosting family gets into a limousine for the ride to Camp Pendleton to pick up our guests. Upon returning to Ralphs and following a brief photo event, each family brings their guests home for Thanksgiving day and dinner festivities.
Funded by Your Generosity
In addition to the limousine ride, each Marine receives a memorable gift during the drive from Camp Pendleton to Villa Park. This is something they can keep for many years to come to remember this special day. Typically, this has been a handsome watch. The transportation cost coupled with the gift requires the need for a $120 donation for each Marine adopted. Please note that each host family must adopt at least TWO marines. The donations are payable directly to Villa Park Rotary who handles all the finances of this special day.
A Memory of a Lifetime
At the end of the day the young Marines and a member from each family returns to Ralphs for the limo ride back to the base. On the return ride, neighbors and new friends say goodbye and share stories amongst themselves. This event is a great opportunity to share our homes, celebrations, and grateful appreciation with the Marines who serve our country every day.