Center celebrates veterans

RANCHO SANTA FE — On Nov. 11, the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center celebrated veterans and troops overseas with a land and sea adventure visiting the Midway, the Star of India, sea lions and Shelter Island.
Before leaving the Community Center, the children prepared care packages for a Marine Corp troop and letters for veterans here at home. Dimi Manning, receptionist at the RSFCC and her daughter, Kaley, had an personal interest in this endeavor; Manning’s husband Francis is stationed in Afganistan and they wanted to be sure both he and his unit were remembered on Veterans Day.
“I am so proud to be a part of something bigger than myself,” Manning said. “I was amazed at what a great response we got from the community. I look forward to doing more for our military as well as our veterans.”
Mothers Teresa Gauvreau and Petra Foster volunteered their efforts and time, and employees stuffed boxes and signed cards.
Items requested from the soldiers included candy, coffee, popcorn, hot chocolate and oatmeal. Supporters of this effort included Center Vice President of Programs Marianne Whitmeyer, Steve MacBaisey, Cindy Bloch, Gunilla Pratt, the center’s Vice President of Special Events Alchera Ayyad, Amy Stout and Nikki Dempsey. A special thank you went to Christie Wilson at the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation for donating all of the shipping costs.
Packages are being sent to Marines from Camp Pendleton stationed in Afghanistan.

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