June 2019

“My husband and I received a wonderful gift basket for our newborn baby girl. We would like to say thank you for all of the amazing and useful gifts. We appreciate your acts of kindness during our special time!”
With great gratitude,
Raven and Chea

April 2019


Hello! My wife and I wanted to say thank you very much for the gift basket we received from our FRO! This is our first child and we’re kind of learning as we go, so thank you so much it’s all amazing. God bless and have a happy Easter!

-Mr. and Mrs. D.

I wanted to give a very big thank-you to you and the other volunteers that put together a baby basket for my little girl! It is appreciated more than you could realize. It is an absolute blessing to have such wonderful people in this world that are willing to help others in need. Thank you so much again! Me, my husband, and my daughter are very thankful. God bless you!
-Roza P.


Thank you for the care package you’ve sent me. My Sailors enjoyed every single items on the box. You made us happy and they want to sent their warm thank you to all who contributed and made this package together.

March 2019


“I am writing to express my great appreciation of you and your military ministry team from Saddleback for the absolutely fantastic holiday party you all hosted for so many of our 1st Marine Logistics Group Marines, Sailors and their families in December. The event, the number and spirit of participating Saddleback members and the atmosphere was truly phenomenal.

When I entered the building, I was completely blown away. The spirit of generosity and love of all those who came down from Saddleback was distinctly evident. I could sense it and it was eye watering to see that spirit, love and energy from so many people. I had no doubt that all of our Marines, Sailors and their families could feel those same things. I’ve never seen anything like it.

I really enjoyed meeting so many of the individuals from Saddleback and hearing their stories and memories. Talking with them amidst the genuine holiday cheer was one of my best experiences this Christmas season. Thank you for taking the time to walk me around and introduce me. It was my honor to meet and talk with them. I could have lingered longer in many of those conversations.

Again, I can’t thank you enough for all the tremendous effort and generosity. You brought much joy, and , I’m sure, created many memories of this Christmas season for so many. We are truly blessed with so much love and support from so many in the Saddleback community. Thanks to you for your personal passion, commitment, and leadership in continuing to support our Marines, Sailors and their families.”


J.J., Colonel, USMC

“I want to express my sincere and immense appreciation for the tremendous generosity and actions of you and the entire Acts of Appreciation Ministry in hosting an absolutely wonderful Christmas party for over 700 Marines, Sailors, and family members from across the 1st Marine Logistics Group this past December.

I regret that an operational deployment prevented me from attending, personally welcoming, and thanking you and each of your members at the time. However, my wife, Lauren, and members of our 1st MLG team conveyed to me what a truly special event you and your terrific organization put on for us. Acts of Appreciation Ministry’s generosity, true Christmas spirit, and sincere enthusiasm made this a memorable event and brought much joy to the holiday season for so many of our Marines, Sailors and their families. We are grateful for your boundless and heartfelt generosity, spirit, and continued support of our 1st Marine Logistics Group Family.

Once again, the Marines, Sailors and families of 1st MLG find ourselves offering thanks to you and your ministry form Saddleback Church, and we cherish the relationship and bonds that our two organizations have forged with each the over the years, and we all offer our best wishes to each one of you in 2019.

We are so grateful for your extraordinary kindness & generosity — Thank You!”


S.D.S., Brigadier General, USMC

January 2019


My family received one of your beautiful baskets. I wanted to say thank you for blessing our family and for volunteering your time to do something so special. Thank you!! Thank for your prayers too. I pray your ministry would continue to touch many lives and bring people to Christ. 

Angelica E.

Our families are blown away by the generous gift of the Baby Moses Baskets.  Their jaws hit the ground every time new parents either come to pick up a basket or when I drop one off to them, it’s an amazing sight to behold.  Thank you for your generosity and for
brightening their day!

Amber S, FRO, 1st Maintenance Battalion

Hello. I am a Sergeant with 3rd Battalion 1st Marines 1st Marines division Kilo Company with the 13th MEU. A couple weeks ago around Christmas we received some care packages from you all. I just wanted to say thank you for everything you sent us. You all taking time out of your day to make us some care packages means a lot to all of us here. All of the Marines we’re very happy to receive packages from you all. Thank you.


December 2018


“I am emailing you to thank you and the Saddleback Church team for the goodie bags, holiday cards and prayer books you sent. The Marines and Sailors of Combat Logistics Detachment 34 loved them and are very grateful for your support.

I am attaching a few pictures of my Marines and Sailors receiving your goodie bags. Again we truly appreciate your time and care packages. We wish you a Happy Holidays.”

1stSgt Esteban R.

“I handed everything out to the Marines and Sailors. There were enough goodie bags  for all of the Marines and Sailors this Christmas, not one person was left out. Ok! Maybe a mouse lol! 🙂 Thank you, Thank You, Thank You. The Marines and Sailors had smiles of joy and it really  uplifted my spirits as well. It’s nice that organization like yours, contribute in support of the troops deployed overseas. We appreciate your contributions and cannot thank you enough for your tokens of joy.”

Semper Fidelis,
Marques J.

“Thank you for this marvelous ministry that Saddleback Church provides to support the Marines at Camp Pendleton! It was a blessing to me to have been part of the November Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and Work Day.  I’ve gotten to witness first hand the breadth of this ministry due to my son and his wife’s involvement, Chaplain Josh and his wife April. What a privilege to see the Body of Christ reach out to those who need Him in all the ways you do!

Bless you all during this season of our Savior’s birth,”

Pam J.

November 2018


“First and foremost I wanted to thank each and everyone of you from the bottom of my families and my heart. Most of you don’t know who I am but for those who do know, my family and I have encountered some very hardships this year. One of which we have miscarried 2 boys this year. Honestly we couldn’t have gotten as far as we have without the love, support, and prayer from these wonderful ladies at Coffee & Chat. I remember walking into Coffee & Chat the first time in 2015, I was so nervous and scared. These ladies put those feelings at ease. We think of you all as family over these last 3 almost 4 years. We are sad to leave our new family behind but we are super excited about the next chapter in our lives, off to Japan we go! I don’t think you guys realize how many hearts you touch each and every day. I wanted you all to know how much it means to all of us. It will never go unnoticed! A huge thank you to the people behind the scenes we don’t get to meet face to face, please don’t ever give up the hard and loving work you do every day. With that being said we have a little something for you guys, we know its not much compared to the things you guys do. I hope you ladies cherish it as we cherish you ladies.”
~ Michelle