Approximately 30 residents and recreation staff members from St. Camillus Health and Rehabilitation Center make up a group of women known as the "Red Hat Mammas."
The Red Hat Mammas have been together since 2004 and are part of the Red Hat Society. They meet each month to celebrate the joy of sisterhood, plan special events and strengthen their friendships.
Many of their monthly get-togethers focus on special outings such as concert events, dining out, field trips to local landmarks, visiting other senior facilities and even bowling.
But during the month of November, these red hatters concentrated their efforts on bringing holiday cheer to a group of U.S. marines stationed in Iraq.
St. Camillus Recreation Services Activity Leaders, Keryn Cordon and Amanda Berry, also known as the Queen Mum and Princess of the Red Hat Mammas, helped to organize the event.
They knew of a marine by the name of Cpl. Brent Kelly, whose father worked with one of the St. Camillus volunteers.
After obtaining Cpl. Kelly's address in Iraq, they organized a Red Hat Community Service