Operation Valentine: Volunteers make hundreds of packages for military families

IRVINE – 1st Marine Lt. Ray Green watched as members of his battalion began dancing to a pop song blaring through speakers.

The Marines were helping volunteers from various National Charity League Orange County chapters make care packages for the military and their families as part of the 14th annual Operation Valentine.

“It’s a morale boost,” Green said of the event. “They (battalion members) do a lot of hard work and sometimes it’s a thankless job. But seeing that people care, it reminds us of why we do what we do.”

By the end of the day, the 15 members of Combat Logistics Battalion 5 expected to assist about 800 mothers and daughters, volunteers from 13 local charity league chapters. Their goal was to assemble 900 care packages.

The event was held at the warehouse of the Second Harvest Food Bank. The charity league volunteers rotated stations,…

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