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Fallbrook Blanket Project donates to the Camp Pendleton YMCA


Last updated 7/23/2021 at 2:59pm

Displaying some of the blankets donated to the Camp Pendleton YMCA are, from left, Chrissy Lomeli, office manager; Maxine Langdon, events marketing manager; Samantha Holt, executive director; Megan Martinez, program director, all from the YMCA; and Carmen Willard from the Blanket Project.

FALLBROOK – Recently the nonprofit Fallbrook Blanket Project donated 88 blankets of all sizes, which included over 50 baby blankets, plus eight pairs of socks, some scarves and hats to the Armed Forces YMCA on Camp Pendleton.

The mission of the Armed Services YMCA Camp Pendleton is to enhance the lives of military members and their families in spirit, mind, and body through programs relevant to the unique challenges of military life. They have served the military community for the past 77 years, providing services for junior enlisted military members and their families that increase their quality of life, strengthen family bonds, and reduce the stresses of military life. They accomplish this by providing dynamic programs, services, and events that concentrate on educational, emotional, and financial support.

Currently, they are providing food/diaper support the fourth Friday of every month, and they have over 250 children attending camps throughout the base. They run a fully accredited child care center and support the Marines with recreation on the weekends. In October, they will be holding their annual Ball Gown Giveaway event; if anyone is interested in donating ball gowns or supporting any of these programs, they can call 760-385-4921.

Samantha Holt is the executive director of the Camp Pendleton YMCA.

The YMCA will distribute the donated blankets as they see fit to those who will benefit most by them. These blankets and items from the FBP were hand crocheted and knitted by ladies for local nonprofit charities. Blankets are also donated to local fundraisers, such as the recent Foundation for Senior Care scavenger hunt and the REINS Hoedown in the fall.

Many of the ladies meet every Monday from 10 a.m. to noon at Living Waters Church on Reche Road and anyone is welcome to join these free gatherings at any time; handicapped parking is available. The yarn is free if used for donated items and they teach crocheting and knitting for free also.

Many others create their blankets, etc. at home and drop it off at the meeting or contact the Fallbrook Blanket Project for pick up. Donations and donated yarn are always needed and welcome.

For more information, check out or email [email protected]

Submitted by the Fallbrook Blanket Project.


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