I've been a member of NavyforMoms.com and Molly's Adopt A Sailor since 2008. My sailor had already been in the military for well over 10 years when NavyforMoms found me. I had come across a mailing about the organization and joined immediately as there was still so much I didn't understand.
Each month Molly's Adopt A Sailor selects an adoptee from all branches of the military and sends them an array of care packages. But the organization also provides a venue for the family members back home to find support, comfort and new friends. As no one understand your situation better than another military family. I have attended several and hosted packing parties over the years and have made some truly good friends. Keep up the good work Molly!
I have two children in the Navy, plus my daughter's fiance. I found this group on the Navy For Mom's page, and have been involved with it for about a year. It's a wonderful experience. My daughter and her shipmates were adopted by another organization once, so I think about her stories every time I pack a sailor box. They don't always tell you that it arrived, but hey, our military work really long hours when they are underway.
I've also gotten involved with Molly's special hugs projects, shipping boxes to other branches. One of the contact people takes the time to write a personal thank you to each person who sends a box. Given how busy they are, it's very touching to know that a simple box from home means so much to them: A sign that people care.
I have started a collection here in Gulf Shores, Al. for those that are over seas and need help or do not have friends/ family. These ppl. are doing for us, why not be there for them? Mad props and respect to Molly's adopt A Sailor!!!!
Molly's Adopt A Sailor does amazing work! They support our troops! They send love and care packages to every branch of the military, not just the Navy. They expanding by adding Special Hugs. Special Hugs sends love and care packages to our wounded troops in Combat Hospitals. I have seen MAS adopt as many as 1200 sailors at one time. MAS rocks!
Molly's Adopt A Sailor is a non profit 5013c organization that supports our deployed troops and wounded troops in Combat Hospitals. Each month they adopt a new group of deployed troops and send items that one of their adopted Combat Support Hospitals need. MAS makes sure our troops know that they are supported and loved! This amazing organization has done an excellent job supporting our troops!!
I became interested in Molly's when my son joined the Navy. I was inspired and encouraged by their outreach to all branches of the military, groups near and far. It amazed me how organized, dedicated, sharing, caring, and friendly the group was since everyone who volunteers is spread out all over the country. Working together they have accomplished some hefty and amazing tasks. I know their outreach to so many in our military has been a blessing.
I stumbled across Molly's Adopt a Sailor through Navy 4 Moms when my daughter joined the Navy. It is one of the best organizations of which I have been a part. Military moms (and dads) become family through the mere fact that our children have chosen to serve. We may never meet face to face but I would do anything I could to help these moms or their children. We share family stories and cheer and cry for events in another moms day. It is heartwarming to receive emails from our "adoptees" thanking us for the boxes from home. Some of these servicemen/women never receive a box from family for any number of reasons. To receive a package means so much to them. I will be a part of this group long after my daughter leaves the Navy. To know I can brighten just one person's day or offer support in any number ways makes it all worthwhile. I love Molly Moms!!
Molly and her volunteers work tirelessly to make sure that our military( all branches) have what they need while they are deployed. Volunteers donate and ship packages every month. Encouraging letters and cards are included, and many volunteers make homemade pillowcases so the troops can have something to remind them of home, when they lay their head down. I can't imagine how our deployed would feel without the kindness and generosity of this non-profit organization. They need to know that they are appreciated and loved. I have met some of the kindest and caring people in this group. You should volunteer to help this outstanding group if you can. There are so many ways to help!!!
I have know Molly since she embarked on this Beautiful - Wonderful Mission of supporting all Branches of our Military! She wanted to help all of our men and women -- have some sort of support / love while they are out there - defending our Country / Freedom.
Molly and all of its people are selfless -- volunteers. They do what they do for the sheer love of this Country. They do not recieve any monies !
I love this group and please if you can assist them to carry on this mission of LOVE / SUPPORT for our Military -- PLEASE DO.
LOVE YOU MOLLY!!!
After I became a Navy mom, I was searching for other moms out there in the same boat (pun intended) as my myself. I found that in Navy4Moms. Along the way I was introduced to Molly's Adopt a Sailor. It's run by fellow Navy moms that love sharing a little bit of home to our deployed troops. Despite the name, MAS ships to ALL branches of our military. Each month they find a group, whether on land or at sea, to adopt. They get the word out and those that want to volunteer get the requested items and package them up to ship on the predetermined date. People (I hesitate to say just moms because there are so many out there that do this) from all over the US help to make this happen. School age kids and those in nursing homes make cards, draw pictures, send words of encouragement along with the goodies.
I recommend getting on their website and checking out all MAS does for our troops. There are so many other ways they support and encourage them! Heads-at-Ease is an awesome project that has taken on a life of its own. They make pillowcases to send to our military.....a simple but powerful gesture. (Most recently they sent pillowcases to the victims of Ft. Hood and their families, again. :( ) There's also a section where cards are sent to our wounded warriors and others who have been injured.
I highly recommend Molly's Adopt a Sailor as a great non-profit group! There's something for everyone everyone, regardless of financial means, to help support our troops!! Their motto says it all: We Ship Love....... and they do!!
I met Molly during a grant contest. It just so happens that my daughter was deployed at the time. The organization was just beginning but changing lives. Several military "kids" received packages. They boost morale, provide needed supplies and feel like a hug from home. The packages seem to be delivered when needed the most. It is sad we must rely on citizens to provide basic things to our military. Several of my "kids" feel like they are forgotten until something like a package from the States. One said it was better than Christmas.
Michelle ChicagoMom - User308301 - I’m not sure if you have a Son/Daughter/Husband/Wife in the military – but if you do shame on you! My son just returned from a 9 month deployed protecting our freedom (yours too) and Molly’s Adopt a Sailor brought his ship happiness during a very very long deployment by send care packages (filled with all kinds of things from magazines, candy, food snacks, cards, socks, shaving kits, shampoo, body wash, ladies products my list could go on) to the ship. Molly’s Adopt a Sailor is just not for the Navy, but Air Force, Army, Marines and Coast Guard. We are all volunteers and 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to supporting our deployed military by sending these care packages from home all over the world. Molly’s wants our deployed military Men/Women to know that there sacrifices are appreciated and to know that they are loved, missed and not forgotten. It is hard for our deployed Men/Women to miss family/friends events but they know they have a job to do yes a job to do protecting our freedom. As for your comment that this group is ran by a group of emotional military moms – that may be true and thank God it is. This group is passion, emotional about giving back and doesn’t expect anything in return. So please don’t forget to include ours passion/emotional group of Dads, Wife’s, Husbands, Sons, Daughters, Brothers, Sisters, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins that come out to volunteer.
Molly’s adopts a Sailor ROCKS! I’m honored to be a part of this wonderful group. So User 308301 consider me Emotional as well as Passion about volunteering my time for our Men and Women serving our country!
I have been volunteering with Molly's Adopt a Sailor since 2010. It has become a passion for me to help our deployed troops know that they are not forgotten and that their service is appreciated and needed. My son has been out of the Navy for almost a year now but I continue to support MAS and send care packages and pillowcases to the deployed heroes and the combat hospitals. Getting Thank You's from those who have received them is just blessings I never expect!
Not every service member has a loving supportive family waiting on them or some can't afford to send needed items to those who are deployed and that is where Molly's Adopt a Sailor helps! MAS supports all branches!
MAS may have started out as a group of Navy moms but it is such a diverse group now. There are moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, siblings, friends and just those who support our military who are involved now. I am from Oklahoma and I have friends who live all over the USA with one thing in common...we all support our military!
Whoever wrote the negative comment should be ashamed that they are spreading gossip! Unless you were there and witnessed this so called misappropriation of funds, then you have no business trying to smear the good work that MAS does!
To all of our military, present, past and future, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!!! As long as you need us, we will be here supporting you!
I became aware of Molly shortly after our son completed Navy Boot back in 2009. Through her ALL our Military benefit from the donations and generosity of this organization! We are constantly in motion providing support from cards and letters to packages to homemade with love pillowcases and blankets for all our service men and women.
This is a 100% full on give it all to our Military Personnel group of people. I know that the Admins of this organization try to do all for all and do the best they can to distribute funding where needed.
Very PROUD to be member of this organization and what it represents.
Molly's Adopt a Sailor is a fantastic all volunteer group. 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to supporting our deployed military by sending care packages from home.
I am offended by the comments posted by "user308301". The group is not comprised of a group of "emotional military moms". Dad, husbands, brothers and sisters are all members of the group. The majority of the volunteers have degrees and advanced degrees. The group is organized and refined.
No funds were ever used or misused by anyone in this group. 100% of every dollar supports our military!
As a volunteer I can testify that we care deeply about the happiness & welfare of all of our deployed military. In addition to the military units that contact Molly's for a monthly adoption, Molly's also supports several combat hospitals, assisting with their special requests.
The motto "We Ship Love" is 100% accurate for this fantastic group of volunteers!
Molly's is a great concept but ran with too much emotion and lack of expertise. Funds have been misappropriately used and donations from companies for the group to hand out have been used far to often for some of the moms "kids." It has been reported that during a trip to san diego a group of molly's moms bought many alcoholic drinks for marines and sailors at a well known restaurant, half of which were underage. It was said that there was a bit too much partying and favoritism involved. There is a lot of bias involved which is somewhat understandable from a group ran by emotional military moms. It is a fantastic concept and a group full of big hearted people. I hope to see some changes in the future and their overall goal is a great concept.
It's not only a great feeling to send some much needed items to our military around the world, but sometimes you even get back a thank you and it just makes you feel great. I have been a fairly regular participant for two years. Molly's Adopt a Sailor has a great mission to all our military and is a project that really makes their day!
Molly's Adopt a Sailor is a group of military Moms who check out a new adoption each month and send care packages to deployed sailors, soldiers, Marines, Air Force and even Coasties. It is so much fun that I'm addicted! I was in charge of one of the adoptions this summer. Now I'm even doing the Special Hugs project most months by sending packages to some military hospitals overseas. Whether we send one box or organize a packing party with many boxes being prepared, it's something I look forward to each month. Each Mom of the Month tries to bring out the fun in each adoption so our military are best served by our efforts. Some of the thank you's have included comments like "I haven't received any mail in months. Thanks for your package!" It's very satisfying to know we have lifted their spirits and let them know they're not forgotten. Molly's is a great organization.
It continually is an honor and a privilege to volunteer with Molly's Adopt a Sailor. Through the efforts of our volunteers we manage to cover adoptions of every type imaginable. From our first of 250, to a largest of over 2,300, our volunteers group together across the entire country to send love to our deployed troops of all military branches, and our overseas hospitals. We sew pillowcases, we collect goodies requested, we pack boxes every month, and we sometimes end up adopting a recipient as a family member.
The sense of family cannot be stressed enough. I have met and made the best friends through our volunteer work. While we know we cannot always hear back from those who receive our boxes or pillowcases, we know in our hearts that our work is appreciated. When someone is able to write or email, the thank you's literally make us tear up.
Come join us for warm fuzzies through your volunteer work.
I have now organized five Molly's Adopt a Sailor "packing parties." Through donations of needed and desired items for the military, we've sent shipments of 2, 6, 45, 65, and 76 boxes. It just gets better as word spreads to the public. Our military loves MAS and so does our community. It's a great way to be involved and feel helpful and hopeful. My American Legion Auxiliary donates a place to hold our party; churches, schools, banks, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, military veterans and families, other civic organizations, and individuals have all become involved donating and packing the day of the party. MAS has helped with all the information we need to be successful.
Molly's Adopt A Sailor continues to demonstrate to all our deployed troops that their service and sacrifice are appreciated. We want them to know that they are loved and not forgotten. We adopt large groups, small groups, and Combat Support Hospitals in Afghanistan. We do this with the special bond that we are all military moms. We continue to be 100% volunteer and 100% of all donations goes to our troops.
Molly's Adopt A Sailor has been a truly amazing experience. We adopt a deployed unit every month, support combat hospitals in Afghanistan, and do Welcome Home events. We have moms who sew pillowcases so each month every adoptee receives one. We recruit family and friends to bring supplies to packing parties where boxes are filled for shipping. This group is 100% volunteer and 100% of all funds received are used to purchase items requested by the troops and to ship those items. The thank you notes we receive, bring us all close to tears. It is, indeed, an honor and a privilege to be a part of this wonderful organization. It is also an honor to make a difference in the lives of our deployed troops.
Molly's Adopt a Sailor is a great organization! Each month they "adopt" a deployed military group (or groups) and send a little bit of love from home! Some times it is just cards and letters, other times it is pillowcases, candy, personal care items. One year we sent a Christmas tree! Since I am married to a retired Navy Chief, I know how much these little acts of kind mean to our troops so far from home! Great organization to be a part of!