Community Outreach- A great day at Walmart!

February 6, 2011 at 7:31 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Soldiers’ Angels in Washington set up shop at Walmart!

What a privilege to belong to an amazing organization with  such a huge outreach of support around the world for our Armed Services, Wounded, Veterans and families  AND be able to share about it with our communities!   One of the lovely people we met yesterday, saw the Oprah show I posted about here and was motivated to find out where she could go to volunteer in her own community.   I’m always incredibly inspired  by the creativity of people and the unique ideas that shine through conversations about support efforts.  It’s a fun day of brainstorming and planning with angels that are volunteering and the people we are lucky enough to interact with throughout the day.  Thank you everyone who stopped by our table.   Thank you Debbie & Parents for all of your work to make this opportunity take shape and angel Jean for stopping by- so much to share and discuss!
I can’t wait to get started helping to make those wonderful ideas happen!  We’re looking forward to talking with all of the people who signed up yesterday and working ‘wingtip to wingtip’ to make sure those who serve and have sacrificed for all of us know we are grateful!

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A Night For Our Heroes Fundraiser Needs You!

September 12, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Soldiers’ Angels in Washington Invites YOU to our 2nd annual “Night For Our Heroes” fundraiser, Oct 2 at the Lakeway Inn, Bellingham. 6pm no host cocktails, 7pm Dinner.  The theme is Founding Father’s Banquet.  Dress as your favorite “founding father” if you like; otherwise, casual attire.
For more information on Tickets, Auction items or Sponsorships email soldiersangelswashington @gmail
We need your help to spread the word. TIckets, Sponsors and Auction items still needed. This is your chance to contribute in some way to those who serve and have served, even if it is to spread the word!! We can do this!!

Josh Fueston Memorial Swim to Live

August 4, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Posted in Fisher Houses, General Troop Support, Veteran Support | Leave a comment
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This event is a mother’s quest to honor her son and all of our heroes who fight so bravely not only on the battlefield but when they come home…please help to embrace those who courageously continue to fight the battle within.  “It takes a nation to heal a war” Patti Patton Bader Founder Soldiers’ Angels.

Click the below poster to read more about Josh and this special event.

WELCOME HOME GIFT DRIVE -for the 5 2 SBCT in Honor of Spc. Aaron Aamot

April 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Posted in General Troop Support, Veteran Support | Leave a comment
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The Aamot Family, Soldiers’ Angels and the Whatcom County community have launched a second donation drive in honor of Fallen Hero Spc. Aaron Aamot.

Please see information below for donation information and contact Julie Morelli at soldiersangelswashington @ gmail.com  if you would like to help sort and box on May 17, 18 at the American Legion Post 7 in Bellingham.  Please spread the word to all you know.  Let’s welcome them home with a great showing of support!

More information here > http://www.pcfwebsolutions.com/aaronaamot/

A Night for Our Heroes Bellingham Fundraiser

December 18, 2009 at 2:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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On November 13, Soldiers’ Angels (Washington) hosted  “A Night For Our Heroes” to raise funds for our Armed Forces, Veterans, Wounded and their families. Held at the Lakeway Inn in Bellingham Washington, the Whatcom County community came together in generous support and gratitude.

The Evening could not have happened without the incredible efforts of  Bellingham Angel Kathy Bergman and the team of dedicated, hardworking individuals she gathered to help with this event.  To say they were committed to making this successful would be an understatement.  A million thanks Kathy & crew.  Also thanks to Jerry Stewart for the gift of his taped presentation of an inspiring speech for A Night for Our Heroes. Thanks also to our Guest Speakers Chuck Whitmore and Dr. Bridget Cantrell, Dan Early and the Legion  Color Guard and our Media helpers, The Bellingham Herald, KGMI, The Lynden Tribune and Northwest Entertainment News. Thanks also to Jewell Morelli for all of the Graphic Design.

Patti from Whidbey Bank (helped with SA donations boxes) Kathy Bergman and Registration crew, June and Jerry McKay

Silent Auction items set up for business!

Checking out our Soldiers' Angels table

Guests lining up to check in and Angel Sammi Morelli selling 50/50 tickets...the night begins!

Donated Desserts for our Dessert Dash. Lots of fun!!

Time to chat and peruse auction items

The Northern Lights Jazz Orchestra led by Paul Sorensen, started off the evening

The Northern Lights Jazz Orchestra led by Veteran Paul Sorensen, treated us to a fabulous night of incredible music. This band is fantastic. Thank you NLJO for donating your time and wonderful music!

We were so fortunate to have Northern Lights Jazz Orchestra and vocalist Christine Anderson delight us with great music.

An added bonus from the NLJO was a Frank Sinatra Tribute from singer Arthur Alder

Two of our favorite people arrive...Dr. Bridget Cantrell and assistant Kalli Backlund

Our awesome MC Mike Kent in action! Thank you for everything Mike, including helping to spread the word about Soldiers' Angels and "A Night for our Heroes" on your radio show.

A moving speech from our Guest Speaker Chuck Whitmore

Our fabulous auctioneer Ernie in action!

The Live Auction was entertaining!

Between our MC Mike, Ernie and his straightman working the room, not to mention our sponsors, the live auction was a great success! Thank you all for your spirit and generosity!

“A Night for Our Heroes”  turned out to be a great success thanks to everyone involved under the direction of Angel Kathy Bergman.  Thank you to all of our sponsors, who donated funds and auction items for this event and a million thanks to all of the participants who generously gave of their time and funds to raise money for our Heroes.

As MC Mike Kent stated during the evening…our mission is to go out and spread the word about Soldiers’ Angels and  how much their suport is needed for our Armed forces, Veterans, wounded and their families. Let no soldier go unloved or Veteran be forgotten.   As a community we can step up to walk the walk of gratitude everyday to make sure those who serve and sacrifice know they have our support.  If everyone does a little we can do  great things for all.  Let us honor our Heroes every single day!

Thanks also to the VFW and the Bergman’s for helping with a second event at the VFW in Fairhaven the following night.  We met some wonderful Veterans and guests who enjoyed a Spaghetti and Crab Dinner and Dance.  Thank you Kathy, Clark, Mel Vaughn, Cindy, June, Jerry for all your help and support.   At the end of the weekend it really did feel like the community was banding together to step up to support. Let’s keep this going for the future!

Christmas Mission of Gratitude Complete!

January 22, 2009 at 4:55 am | Posted in Fisher Houses | Leave a comment
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After weeks of snow storms that had angels snowed in, our Christmas Campaign evolved into Operation Happy New Year. Our mission of gratitude was finally complete with deliveries made on January 11 to the VA’s & Fisher Houses. 
Many angels, churches, organizations including Soldiers’ Angels & The Elks, clubs, families and friends pitched in to make this a very successful campaign!       

Thanks to Angel Susan Katris, we arrived at the Vinning Sparks office building in Seattle and saw box upon box of games donated by Rick Rayl and the company BD&A (Bensussen Deutsch Associates) Susan had been busy wrapping most of the 400 games before Christmas and the employees got in the spirit and donated all the batteries included for one of the games. It was absolutely overwhelming to see so many boxes and know that these would help our goal of giving something to each Veteran/FisherHouse Family a reality. The only problem was how to transport them to the VAs! It was all of a sudden very evident we needed either a semi trailer or a lot of vehicles! 

We got busy wrapping the remainder of the games, sorting stockings, candy, blankets and other items donated by so many generous people. The stockings were filled to the brim with such thoughtful items..so lovely and the blankets…many handmade were heartwarming to see. 

Thanks to Susan Katris, Lori Thompson, Gail Jensen & her son Daniel, Lindsay Herbst, Kathy Bergman, Tracy Patterson,KT Layton, Dawn Day,Jewell & Tony Morelli and myself (julie Morelli) we sorted and packed up our vehicles to convoy to the Puget Sound HCS (Seatte & American Lake) and the Fisher Houses. 

It was lovely to visit with the Veterans & their families at the Hospitals. They were incredibly appreciative and enjoyed the visits more than anything. That’s the thing…the visits are the real gift….and from all the feedback received, we warmed the hearts of many. 

I remember our first Walmart event to help this endeavor beginning with the horrible experience of angry people hurling insults about the military, the attending angel feeling so hurt and me thinking oh man..we are in trouble! Then the next day with the advice and encouragement of Patti and a few adjustments, we turned it around to be such a showing of goodwill that continued all the way to the final delivery. In such difficult times, people really pulled together to make a difference..to show our gratitude to our Veterans.

My heartfelt thanks to every single person that helped on this project. I appreciated all the advice, help to spread the word and donations you were able to generate.  You made a difference Smile Wings 

 

 

 

 

 

Lindsay, Susan, Tony & Jewell busy wrapping Games donated by Rick Rayl at BD&A (Bensussen Deutsch Associates)

Lindsay, Susan, Tony & Jewell busy wrapping Games donated by Rick Rayl at BD&A (Bensussen Deutsch Associates.

 

Thank you Angel Susan Katris for wrapping all these games!!! Thanks also to Vinning Sparks for the use of the office & all the Vinning Sparks employees for donating the batteries for the games. You made so many happy with your efforts!

Thank you Angel Susan Katris for wrapping all these games!!! Thanks also to Vinning Sparks for the use of the office & all the Vinning Sparks employees for donating the batteries for the games. You made so many happy with your efforts!

 

Angels KT, Gail, Organizing stockings

Angels KT, Jewell & Gail, Organizing stockings

 

 

 

The beginnings of our stack of Blankets. It got much higher! Thanks to all angels, companies and organizations who donated the blankets!

The beginnings of our stack of Blankets. It got much higher! Thanks to all angels, companies and organizations who donated the blankets!

More Beautiful blankets!! Thanks to all the people who bought and made these lovely gifts!

More Beautiful blankets!! Thanks to all the people who bought and made these lovely gifts!

Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

Another Beautiful Creation!

Angel Kathy Bergman holds another beautiful creation!

Angel Lindsay & Tony working hard!

Angel Lindsay & Tony working hard!

Angels, Tracy, KT, Daniel Tony, Gail and Jewell sorting candy & stockings. Yes all those boxes are ready to go!

Angels, Tracy, KT, Daniel Tony, Gail and Jewell sorting candy & stockings. Yes all those boxes are ready to go!

Angels Kathy and Lori sorting!

Angels Kathy and Lori sorting!

 

I missed some people in these photos!  Thanks for helping everyone. It was a great effort by a ton of people 🙂  You made a difference by remembering !

OPERATION VALENTINE> WASHINGTON & OREGON ANGELS NEEDED!

January 17, 2009 at 7:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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We have launched our Operation Valentine to spread some love and appreciation to our Hospitalized Veterans during National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week Feb 9 – 14th! 

 


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