City Collecting Personal Items to Welcome Home Marines
The City of Vista is collecting new bath towels and personal toiletry items for welcome-home packages for Vista’s adopted Marine Unit – Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 – out of Camp Pendleton.
“HMLA-369” battalion, which the City officially “adopted” in 2008, has approximately 180 members returning throughout the months of May and June from a 10-month deployment. The welcome-home packages are for the battalion’s single Marines, many of whom return to empty barracks without the comfort of family, and are in need of personal care items until their belongings are returned to them several days after they arrive.
The public is invited to support the troops by donating a new bath towel (tags attached, please) or hair care/ body wash/shower gel items. Items can be dropped off now until May 25. Drop off an item during this time and receive a free, reusable City of Vista shopping bag (while supplies last). Items dropped off after May 25 will be used for any remaining welcome home packages and for other HMLA Marine activities.
Drop off locations: 8 am – 4 pm (Monday-Thursday)
- Vista Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive, 1st floor reception
- Public Works Facility, 1165 E. Taylor Street
Cheryl Mast, City Manager's Office