Operation Sweet Dreams hosts events in appreciation of military families, to include:

~Holiday parties: Halloween, Christmas, Valentine, Fourth of July, Easter and Thanksgiving

 Lovely LeeAnna Richardson of 3/5 posing for her Valentine Card to send off to hubby.

~Baby showers: For military spouses with husband's deployed

 1/5's pregnant and new mommies pose with our volunteers after the March 1st baby shower.

~Mid-way parties: To celebrate making it half-way through parties

~Spring Carnivals: For military children

~Banner Parties to Prepare for Return Festivities

~Build Your Own Care Package Activities

                  The Reeds and Dingers help assemble a "Build Your Own Care Package" assembly line for 3/5's Halloween party

Within Operation Sweet Dreams, there are several "operations":

Operation Bedtime Story:

Operation Bedtime Story is what we call our efforts to record service members reading children's
books to their kids. Once the message is recorded (prior to deployment), we send out a surprise
package with a copy of the book read on video. Children love these videos, and they serve as a keepsake
when the deployment is over.

Operation Christmas Spirit:

For the past four years, St. John's Operation Christmas Spirit has supported Camp Pendleton families,
specifically with their holiday needs. Our efforts benefit:
~Deployed battalions (truckloads of toys and goodies)
~Struggling families (gift baskets filled with toys, gifts, gift cards and between $300-$500 per
~Wounded Warriors (i-pods and i-tunes gift cards for the Wounded Warrior House and Balboa Naval
~Camp Pendleton Unit Christmas Parties (goody bags and raffle prizes collected for unit Christmas

Operation Rack Presents:

                                           Volunteers Prepare Rack Presents for 1/5's Return from Iraq

Operation Rack Presents is the name of our efforts to spoil single Marines returning to the barracks
after deployment. Believe it or not, many Marines --especially the single ones-- come home to no one.
They will often return to their barracks rooms with all their belongings in storage. Operation Rack
Presents offers commands the opportunity to have cold drinks, gifts, clothing and food waiting for their
Marines upon their return. For more details about our current efforts to provide rack presents for 3/5
and 1/5, please check out the following link:

Iraqi Sweet Dreams Partnership

For Marines who deploy to Iraq, the cooperation and relationship they have with the locals is crucial to
their mission. Operation Sweet Dreams recognizes the importance the Iraqis play in the success of our
troops overseas AND we feel they are extension of our community. As a result, Operation Sweet
Dreams has begun efforts to send school supplies, back packs, soccer balls and candy over to our
Marines in Iraq. The Marines, in turn, share these items with the local children. So far we have collected
and sent over 100 packages with candy and soccer balls to various Marine units in Iraq. In the upcoming
weeks, we will mail out over 40 backpacks filled with school supplies.

Pen Pal Support

  St. Johns students sign up for pen pals during 3/5's Sept. 11th Visit                         Marines from 3/5 and St. Johns Students play "Boomer Ball" on Sept. 11th/ Patriot's Day

Operation Sweet Dreams can provide pen pal and care package support to those units willing to provide
names and mailing information to our organization. This is the rock upon which our organization was built,
and we've become very efficient with matching pen pals with Marines. Lasting friendships have been
formed, and our volunteers/families love having a personal connection with our local heroes.

If you would like to volunteer at future events, or if you are a unit interested in any of the
support above, please contact Cindy Farnum at