CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS TOY STORE Contact Sandy Zwicker

Each December, we offer a free toy shop, with gift wrap, holiday treats, and pictures with Santa. Many of our military families live on the border of the poverty level, so the gifts are a huge help. We accept new toy donations year-round.


BABY MOSES BASKETS  Contact Sandy Zwicker

Because many families are displaced from relatives during this important time of life, this special welcome gift provides variety of newborn items, including handmade blankets, My First Bible, and other special items.


SEWING & CRAFTING Contact Ruth Gardner
This team sews, quilts, and helps create a variety of handmade items for both goody bags as well as Baby Moses Baskets, including blankets, bibs, burp cloths, booties, stuffed toys and caps. Material donations are welcome.

CROCHET TEAM  Contact Leslie Mills

This group gathers every other week to crochet caps for Marines/Sailors and blankets, booties, caps & sweaters for our Baby Moses Baskets. No experience necessary!

PRAYER CHAIN  Contact Jack & Shirley Andrews
Prayer is powerful! An email is distributed to those who would like to pray for our adopted troops and their families.

DIGITAL MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS Contact Andrea Thorlakson

This team works behind the scenes in order to communicate effectively with our ministry members. Data input, graphics, and photography are just some of the ways we share our accomplishments as well as opportunities each month.


STORAGE
Storage is imperative for our ministry's existence. Organization and funding are key to our storage needs.





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CARE PACKAGES  Contact Kim McCune
Every other month we prepare care packages, including letters of appreciation, and ship them to our deployed troops. For many, this is the only encouragement from “home” that they will receive.

PRE-DEPLOYMENT & WELCOME HOME EVENTS

Contact Diane Reece re:events on base & our church campus Serving a hot meal on U.S. soil before a troops' departure is another way we show appreciation. We offer an assortment of free items, including Christian resources, and each deploying serviceman or woman receives a travel snack bag as they commence their long trip. We also support their families as they anxiously send off their loved ones. For returning single Marines, we decorate and prep barracks with greetings, fresh towels, toiletries & baked goods.


BAKED GOODS Contact Dee Hall

Those who have a passion for baking provide their creations for many of our events and activities. Homemade goodies always bring smiles to the faces our adopted troops!


COFFEE & CHAT  Contact Janie Gore
We offer a welcome time of love & acceptance for spouses of deployed soldiers and their young children. In addition to serving coffee, we sponsor crafts, activities & raffle prizes.

DONATIONS Contact Alyene Jensen

We are always accepting donations of new items, gift cards, and food to support our events & programs. If you have any leads from community businesses, please email Alyene!


TREASURER  Contact Marilyn Garvin
All Saddleback Church ministries must be self-supporting. Monetary contributions will help us continue to bless troops with God's love. Please contact Marilyn to make a tax-deductible donation or click on the GIVE NOW button below.




Thank You Letters

Our mailbox overflows with notes from military personnel and families. Get your tissues ready to read these heartfelt thank you's.

We are a ministry of Saddleback Church

1 Saddleback Pkwy

Lake Forest, CA 92630
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