March 1, 2002

Navy Officer's Widow Gets A Visit From a Team of Angels

The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS), an organization benefiting members of the military, their families and survivors, has teamed up with Pat & Oscar's Restaurants until the beginning of March. Today their project was a home fix-up for struggling 74 year-old Navy Officer Widow Mrs. Mary Martinez. After her husband of forty-eight years passed away a year ago, every part of her home has begun to fall apart. Despite the years she volunteered to various relief organizations, she has found that no one would come to her aid... until now.

Tammy Sarkistian-Moore, President of Pat and Oscar's , hammering away on the navy widow's roof.

Founded in 1904, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) is a private, non-profit charitable organization, sponsored by the Department of the Navy. They provide financial assistance to eligible recipients in the form of interest-free loans and grants to meet emergency needs. Besides the financial assistance, volunteers comprise a major part of their efforts, in roles including:

Visiting Nurse program: provide visits, errands and deliveries to homebound patients

Layette Workers: prepare "Juniors First Seabags" for newborns, knit or crochet items for the layette

"Budgeting For Baby" classes for expecting parents

Thrift Shop Personnel: recycle usable goods through Society retail stores

Budget Counselors: teach responsible money management and provide remedial counseling.

Hospital Visitors: Visit and provide services for inpatients at the Naval Medical Center.

Volunteer Administrators: comprise the leadership and management groups of the local organization.

Office Personnel: provide information, greet clients, and process data

Caseworkers: listen to requests, make decisions, and disburse funds to meet clients needs

To find out more about volunteering for the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, visit their website at www. or call (619) 238-1060.

Brandon Clarke (of Pat & Oscar's), Mrs Mary Marinez (Navy widow) and Captain John Irons, Executive Director of the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society.

Committed to community service since opening day ten years ago, Pat & Oscar's Restaurants regularly dispatches their team for hands-on helping projects, from rebuilding ministries in Tijuana to working with blood drives and other community focuses. Pat & Oscar's often runs in-house promotions to benefit causes in need. In addition to the rebuilding project, they will be donating $2 from every "Chicken Dinner for Two Sold" to the NMCRS until the beginning of March.

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