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laguna hills' support group for marine battalion 3/5


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​​​​Nick Zamora of Big Sky Design has provided the use of his flat bed truck whenever we put out the call.  The truck has been used to haul furniture, toys and party decorations up and down the I-5 freeway.  Please let us know if you have a vehicle, or tools, or muscles that we can put to good use. 

The photo below shows some of the darling baby sets knitted by Mari Aposhian and her friends at St. Nicholas Church in Laguna Hills.  The blankets, toys, sweaters and caps are appreciated greatly by the mothers of 3/5. Knowing that our community is there to celebrate their new additions is comforting to young mothers who generally are far removed from family support.

"Hello Jacque!

My husband and I wanted to take a brief moment an thank you for the hooded baby towel set you made. Our daughter will be putting it to good use! She's a messy little thing
:). We love the ducky theme.

Kevin, Alexandra, Kaiden, and...
 Miss. Bria Michelle Faith Seigler"

Laura Jensen  joined the  “Baby Platoon” when she began knitting blankets and dropping them off at Team Darkhorse Chairman Karen Robbin’s house.    

“I like having something to do with my hands when I watch TV, ” explained Laura. “Making baby blankets is just the right sort of activity.”     Her skills have produced beautiful hand made blankets, which have been delivered to Marine families. 

Jacque Jacobsen is one of our volunteers who produces beautifully sewn hooded baby towels sets. She adds baby shampoo and lotion to the gift package that is given to each new 3/5 baby.  We spoke with Jacque about what she does and why:

HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT TEAM DARKHORSE?  I read in the Saddleback News about a "baby shower" that was being given.  Unfortunately, the shower had already happened by the time the article was published.  I contacted Evan Gost and told him about the towel sets I made as shower gifts for friends and family members.  He explained the gifts were ongoing so they would appreciate any I made.  He was so excited when I delivered the first 10 sets that I decided to continue.

DO YOU HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS IN THE MILITARY?  WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO HELP? My husband, brother and brother-in-law all served in the Marine Corps in the 1950’s.  Although we were not married during their years of service we knew what kind of sacrifices the families of servicemen (and women) make when their loved ones are deployed.  This seemed like something I could do for them to show that they are appreciated.  After I retired as a staff member with the Girl Scouts I was looking for a volunteer opportunity that would not require a lot of meetings or deadlines!  I also would know exactly how my money was being spent, as I buy all the supplies.

WHAT YEAR DID YOU START AND HOW MANY TOWEL SETS HAVE YOU MADE?  My first 10 sets were made in the Fall of 2012.  I bought the individual towels and washcloths on sale.  I then discovered towels at Costco that were packaged in bundles of six with matching washcloths in bundles of 24 - exactly what I need to complete a dozen sets.  I have just completed one dozen and have started on another dozen - I think that these will put the count at over 200.

additional volunteers

Team Darkhorse is staffed solely by volunteers who participate at different levels of intensity. Regular committee members attend monthly meetings and lend support on an ongoing basis.  Othervolunteers pitch in when we have special needs.
Baby showers are well appreciated by expectant mothers especially when the Marine Battalion is deployed. Photos on this page show some of the volunteer activity which has been essential to accomplishing the mission of Team Darkhorse. If you would like to donate diapers, baby items, gift cards or volunteer your special skills or talent, please enter your contact information.