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Military Children's Charity, Inc. exists to enrich the lives of American Service member's children. Given the reality of multiple military engagements, and several years of economic uncertainty, M.C.C. recognizes that a disproportionate share of this burden has fallen on the shoulders of American Service Member's families. American Military Children deserve to be appreciated and publicly recognized for their countless personal sacrifices on behalf of our nation too. For these reasons, M.C.C. endeavors to provide gifts directly to these children via the American public's individual contributions, donations and grants. These funds will be utilized to purchase holiday toys, theme park tickets, backpacks, school supplies, Easter baskets, baby items, and anything additional which will facilitate an opportunity to appropriately acknowledge our military children. If in providing these extra benefits to American Military Children, their parent's budget is alleviated, and their spirits livened, then M.C.C's mission has been accomplished.
In September of 2009, Isaiah Navarro decided to get involved collecting toys for a charity. This particular organization collects and delivers toys over the holiday season to deployed American Servicemember's children. Isaiah's father has been a United States Marine for over 18 years and due to divorce and military deployments, Isaiah has been separated from his father for most of his life. Isaiah's father was serving in the Middle East that fall, and Isaiah decided this would be the best way to honor his father, by giving to other children in his same situation. Isaiah set a lofty goal of collecting 1,000 toys. By himself, going around to various church groups and businesses sharing his personal story, Isaiah managed to collect 1,460 toys. The end result was that Isaiah delivered these toys, on donated vehicles from Orange County Windustrial, to both Camp Pendleton and Los Alamitos.
Isaiah's simple service project gesture grew into providing two toys each to 730 children whose parent's were serving overseas. In appreciation Isaiah received a flag from the Marine Corps, flown on their birthday, over a military base in Kuwait. Also, Isaiah was presented with his own California State Assembly Resolution Number 430 by Assemblyman Jeff Miller.
Isaiah decided that he wanted to continue to do more to bring the cause of American military children to the public's attention. Patriotism is not just our American soldiers' serving bravely in foreign lands, it is our military families repeated sacrifices on the home front. Imagine the years of missed soccer games, award ceremonies, birthday parties and holiday seasons that our military children give up for their parent to serve our country. They receive little to no recognition, rarely even hearing the words, "thank you." For the children like Isaiah, living off of the military installations, they are sometimes perceived to be 'just another child from a broken home' when their military parent is never visible and present.
As a result, Isaiah and his mother Cherie co-founded Military Children's Charity, Inc. The purpose of M.C.C. is to provide gifts and recognition to these heroic children year round. With the goal of starting locally, and expanding across the United States within five years, we are determined to bring the message home to all American military children, "your service to America is not forgotten!"
- Cherie Navarro
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