501(C)(3) ID# 27-4526336
3rd Battalion, 5th Marine, 1st Division - official USMC site: 1stmardiv.marines.mil/Units/5THMARINE
NPR piece on the Sangin Deployment: npr.org/2011/10/31/141724272/an-afghan-hell-on-earth-for-darkhorse-marines
Every year Team Darkhorse, along with Mariners' Church of Newport Beach, co-sponsors a Holiday Party for the Marines, Sailors and families of the Darkhorse battalion. The party takes on special significance for the children when the Battalion is deployed on foreign shores or at sea. The absence of a parent at that special time of the year can be difficult for children. However, Holiday spirits always are high at the party as children visit with Santa Claus and pick out special toys which were donated to Team Darkhorse.
The planning for the party usually starts early in November as Team Darkhorse places toy collection boxes at the Laguna Hills Community Center, Nellie Gail Ranch Owners Association, Heidelberg Bakery and a number of other locations throughout the city. The generosity of our communities always is impressive with the result being that there is an abundance of toys, bicycles and sporting goods for the children.The Orange County Woodworkers Association provides a selection of high quality, hand crafted wooden toys that essentially are collector's pieces..
The festive occasion provides the opportunity for us to show the Marine families how much we appreciate their service to our country.
Volunteers always are welcomed to assist with our efforts. Special appreciation is noted for the annual assistance of the Lion Heart group of young men.
Below are photographs taken at some of these festive holiday parties.