Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces, but today we thought we’d take the opportunity to remember those who are currently on active duty. KRON 4 Weekend Morning News anchor, Marty Gonzalez, and I report on much needed items that’ll help boost the morale of our sons and daughters serving overseas in the military.
About Blue Star Moms
Blue Star Moms is a San Francisco Bay Area service organization located in Danville. They first came together shortly after the terrorist’s attacks on 9/11. Three moms turned to each for strength and support. Between the 3 of them, they had 4 sons in the U.S. Army.
Since there were no support groups in Northern California, they reached out in their community and organized their first meeting in Nov. 2001 and 30 moms attended. Since that time, they’ve become an official chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., a national organization that formed during World War II.
★ The Blue Star Moms Mission ★
The main mission of Blue Star Moms is to send care packages oversees. They also support Veterans Outreach, Wounded Soldiers, and Gold Star Families.
From a Blue Star Mom:
“My son said that my care packages ‘saved his life’ when he was in Iraq last year, meaning that all the food I sent was so much better than the food they got in country. Most people don’t realize that when troops are not at a large base, their supply chain is nonexistent. We try to send items they cannot get otherwise.”
Items they can really use:
- Travel sized toiletries
- Peanut butter-to-go
- Flavor packets to add to water bottles (like Crystal Light)
- Hand written notes to our troops! ♥
- Men’s crew socks (plain black or white)
- Foot powder
- AA and AAA batteries
- Protein bars (Clif Bars®)
- Baby wipes
- Decks of cards
Donation Wish List
Other Bay Area Blue Star Mom chapters include Marin, Piedmont, and San Jose. For more information: http://BlueStarMoms.org
To find a Blue Star Mom chapter in your area go to BlueStarMothers.us
Shipping Out Soon!
The Blue Star Moms are working hard to collect and pack care packages now (Memorial Day) as they will be shipping them out in June in order to arrive by the 4th of July.
Please consider sending “a little bit of home” to our troops overseas. From the letters the Blue Star Moms receive, these care packages mean so much to them.