As our Northern friends and family bundle up with boots and wool caps, we are grateful for December days of Florida sunshine and easy breezes. And as seniors, we now have the time and the heart to care about others.
The Harbor Hills Ladies Charity reached record proportions with their recent Treat the Troops cookie drive. This year, 1,050 dozen cookies (12,600 cookies) in 131 boxes were sent to our deployed troops. The team effort included overwhelming support received from the residents of The Villages. Thank you! Our soldiers send heartfelt messages of gratitude from the field daily.
Major Mark O’Neill is the son of Harbor Hills resident Yves Mumley. O’Neill did two tours of duty, serving one year in Iraq and one year in Afghanistan. Yves explained that their home was full of Christmas scents and sounds; cookies in the oven, freshly cut pine, ornaments jingling on the tree. “These packages,” Major O’Neill said, “give us a temporary moment to relive those memories when we are so far from home, friends and families.”
Stop by the Harbor Hills tennis courts any Friday and you will see our tennis players showing their support for our troops in a special way. Steve Stephens, USMC, adapted the idea from the Marine Corps League in The Villages. Every Friday, players wear red in honor of our deployed American soldiers. RED has become an acronym that stands for Remember Everyone Deployed. The US Marine Corps Reserve also sponsors the Toys for Tots program. To help kids in our area, Steve placed a Toys for Tots box near the courts. Let’s fill it up with new unwrapped toys for Christmas! #makeitmagical