Thursday, January 28, 2010

GHC'S January Box Packing... "Sending Hugs From Home"

Dear Heroes,

Your GHC members met last evening for the January care package assembly. Each member had a wonderful time helping and going among the goodies to find just the "right" items to put in your care boxes. Here are some pics of our event:

GHC Group Picture - Sending you hugs from home!

Special "Hero" artwork colored by a local daycare facility children.

Hood River's Delta Kappa members helping prepare boxes.

Roberta Clayton and other members signing cards.

Members helping prepare drink mix packages.

Assembly line in action!

More box packing.....

Member Dr. Steven Wohlford prepares his special Marine's package.

Member Jean Hadley is all smiles!

The final touches.... Squishing those seams... and sealing them shut!

Hero Justin Moore's family putting together drink mix packages.

GHC would like to thank all it's members for coming together for our monthly care package assembly. We have a big road ahead of us this year... and with all your dedication to supporting our Heroes, we will get the job done!


Your GHC

Thursday, January 21, 2010

GHC Announces 1st National Guard Fundraiser Of The Year

Gorge Heroes Club and American Legion Post 22 presents.......

GHC starts off the year with the first Middle School Dance of the season sponsored with Hood River's American Legion Post 22. The first dance will be held Friday, January 29th at the Hood River National Guard Armory located at 1590 12th Street.

Hot dogs, chips and soda will be served from 6-7PM, with the dance to follow. Other concession items will also be available for purchase.

GHC would like to thank military Dad, Marty Knowles for being our DJ for the evening's events.

Proceeds from the dance will go towards monthly care packages for our local National Guard members who will be deploying to Iraq this coming September.

Details about GHC's upcoming events and this dance will be on the front page of this Saturday's edition of Hood River News, with a full detailed article in the following Wednesday's paper.

Questions? Please contact us directly at:


Your GHC

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Weekly Hero News

Oregon NG Spec. Kara Bailey with U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden on this past Sunday during his town hall visit where Spec. Bailey helped post the colors here in Hood River.

Hero News: Army 1st Lt. Peter Downing's deployment to Afghanistan will end in about two weeks and he will return to the states with our deepest gratitude for his service to country!

Army TSgt. Kerri Marinas has transferred from Germany to Iraq. And we have also learned during the past couple of weeks that USMC Capt. Jesse Atay be deploying to Afghanistan in March, and Army Bridge Surgeon Mary Deighton and Army 1st. Lt. Nolan Johnson will also be shipping out for Iraq.

In February, we will be welcoming new Marine Calvin Garrett of White Salmon to the roster of Heroes. He is now in the second stage of boot camp in San Diego.

We would also like to welcome AF Ssgt. Nicholas Dillenbeck from Hood River who is stationed at Ramstein AFB in Germany to our family of Heroes.

GHC would like to express our deepest gratitude to our Heroes for their dedication and commitment to our country.


Your GHC

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

GHC - Matching Our Heroes - Step For Step

GHC is working on our line up of events for 2010. We will have a fun filled, action packed year. And with the deployment of our local Hood River National Guard members off to Iraq in September, we need to work even harder to get the funds for monthly care packages and their postage costs. It is going to be a long journey for our Heroes, so we are committed to working equally as hard, step-by-step to help them get their needed support from home.

First off, we will be scheduling middle school dances that will be held at the Hood River National Guard Armory every month. The schedule will be finalized in a few days... so, we will need volunteers to help with that.

In May, we will be having a "garage sale" at the Armory. So, start collecting all your goodies that you want to donate. We will need people to help get things set up prior to, during and after the event. We are looking for new or used items. So, spread the word.... We have an entire gym floor to fill!

May brings two events. Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day. Details will be finalized in the next week for event schedules and times.

July 4th Parade and Jackson Park Refreshment Booth. We will need members to walk the parade route, hand out flyer's, work the concession stand, decorate and ride in our float.

August - In conjunction with the Best Western Hood River Inn we will be doing and open house for our local Hood River National Guard that will be heading out to Iraq on Sept 11. Details to follow.

November - Spaghetti Feed and Holiday Box Packaging.

In between these times, there are also Hood River's First Friday's to sell cookies.... Cooling scarves to sew.... Christmas stockings to sew..... Corporation donation letters to write.... Groups and organizations to be contacted about donations..... Pop can/bottle drive to spearhead.....Your help is greatly appreciated and goes a very long way in helping our Heroes do their jobs and to come home safe.

If you can help, or would like more information, please contact us:

Your GHC

Urgent Supply List Update For January Care Packages

With our supplies depleted from the holiday packing, we are in urgent need of the following items for our January care box packaging, individual packaging items if available:

Valentines Candy and Cards (January shipped boxes will arrive right before Valentine's day)
Crackers - Individual Variety
Nuts - Peanuts, Almonds, Cashews
Drink Mixes
Snack Bars
Rice Krispie Bars
Hot Chocolate
Coffee & Creamers - Individual
Candy Bars - M & M's - Snickers, etc

Hope to see you there!

Your GHC

Meet Senior Airman Adam Sigl's New Bundle Of Joy!

It's a girl!

Congratulations are in order for Senior Airman Adam Sigl and his wife Darcy. Little Lily Ann was born December 19th. Lily joins older brother Killian.

Senior Airman Sigl is stationed at Minot, North Dakota AFB. Both Adam and his wife Darcy are from Hood River.

Congrats you two! Sending hugs and well wishes from home.