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Operation Help-A-Hero Gets an Attaboy

Volunteer organization is commended for its role in making a return to Camp Pendleton more pleasant for combat-weary Marines.

Operation Help-A-Hero is one of the most visible volunteer organizations in Rancho Santa Margarita.

At the City Council meeting last week, the council commended founder Cindy Farnum and the operation, which has a big presence on Camp Pendleton.

Farnum, not surprisingly, praised those who helped make the effort possible.

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OHAH creates welcome home messages and goody bags, and cleans living quarters for returning Marines at Camp Pendleton. They also hosted baby showers for expectant mothers. Their primary focus is the city's adopted 2nd Battalion 5th Marines. (See video)

"Thank you for your outstanding community service," Mayor Tony Beall said at the Sept. 26 meeting.

Farnum said that the growth over the past year of Operation Help-A-Hero has been "incredible," and she singled out Christine Groves and Wendi Redington, who work for the city, The Bell Tower Foundation—which is a volunteer hub to connect residents with worthy causes—and more than a hundred volunteers.

"It's been a true community effort supporting these Marines," Farnum said.

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