Teaming Up with The Home Depot + Operation Homefront

Last week, I teamed up with The Home Depot and Operation Homefrontof Pennsylvania/Delaware to take a bundle of Christmas goodies to a local military family to say “thank you for all you do to serve our country” as part of The Home Depot Foundation’s “Celebration of Service.”


Home Depot sent me a bunch of holiday decorations to take to the family of Air Force Captain, Marion R.   There was a big collection of turquoise Martha Stewart ornaments, a large lit wreath, a corner Christmas tree along with a turquoise applique tree skirt to go under it and a star that lights up to grace the top.

I also took some cookies that my daughter made and an ornament craft for the kids to make while I was there.  I have quite a lot of paint chips in a variety of colors and I cut a few of them up into vertical strips and punched a hole in the top for Marion’s kids to thread ribbon through.  Hung on the tree they added a fun contrast to the ball ornaments that the Home Depot supplied.  I also brought a few garlands I made, my tool box, and camera.

I packed my car with all the goodies and went to Marion’s home last Friday.  When I arrived at her home,  I was greeted out front by two Pottstown, PA Home Depot employees, Bill K. and Irv H.  They helped me unpack the car and we went in to meet Marion and her 3 children – Kira, Heather, and Tyler.


Since Marion has been in the military for 27 years – her children have grown up knowing that Mom may be called to duty at a moment’s notice and may miss an important event in their lives.  That is just life for them – what they have always known.     As a mom this would be so hard – missing out on so much.  Marion has never been to war, but as a medical readiness officer who does the planning and training for her unit to be ready for Homeland defense or Wartime Mission, she has had to be away from her family for months and even years at a time.

She originally joined the Service in 1985 because she was living on her own and realized with apt. rent, car payments etc…  she would never be able to make enough money to get to college. She enlisted back in 1985 as an Airman Basic and has climbed in the ranks and will soon become a Major.  Well done – Marion!  You are what makes this country and our Military strong. 

Marion and her family were just wonderful and her kids liked making the ornaments.   Bill and Irv did all the heavy work!   I also got to meet Peter Stinson, the Executive Director of the local chapter of Operation Homefront.  With all of us helping we had the wreath and tree unboxed, put together and decorated in no time.

I took lots of photos and put them into this one minute video/slideshow to share with you.

Movie Home Depot and Operation Homefront Visit 2012 from Diane Henkler on Vimeo.

Since 2002, Operation Homefront has met the needs of more than 400,000 families and personnel nationwide and invested $128 million of funding in programs to support them. Much like the military, they have a “no man left behind” attitude to help every possible family and wounded warrior who sacrifices so much for the freedoms we enjoy. When they can’t fill a need, they help families access other organizations that can help, then they take on the role of advocate to make sure they receive the assistance they need.

To learn more about Operation Homefront or ways to give – you can find out all that they do by visiting their website – OperationHomeFront.

Operation Homefront

Thank you Marion and all of the military personnel around the nation who serve our country and keep our nation free. God Bless each and every one of you.  Happy Holidays!



  1. says

    I absolutely can not read anything like this without getting teary. Dang it. lol. Great post and a wonderful cause!!!! How fulfilling that must have been to be involved with. It all looks super and I love the picture with all the big smiles!!

    Merry Christmas :) Shannon

  2. says

    Awww, love the stories of civilians reaching out to the military. These stories affect me more personally now that my son just recently joined the Air Force, graduated BMT in September and is now in Tech School.
    Please tell Marion “Thank you for your service!” from one military family to another. :-)

  3. says

    Thanks for making the day extraordinary for this special military family and thanks to Home Depot for the holiday treats and goodies to brighten their home!

  4. Marion says

    Thank you again it was so wonderful for the entire family. I especially enjoyed watching my kids feel special and spending this time with them. I have had to miss so many of their milestones and special events being active duty. Diane, Home Depot and Operation Homefront gave us a celebration of our military family and memories that will never be forgotten. Thank you again and we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a healthy happy New Year.


  1. […] “In My Own Style” blogger Diane Henkler wrote of her visit with Air Force Captain Marion R. and kids , “You are what makes this country and our Military strong”….and we couldn’t agree more.  Marion has been in the service for 27 years, enlisting back in 1985.  She’s also Mom to three amazing kids who understand that sometimes, Mom can’t be there for those special days. […]

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