Have you heard of the Blue Star Mothers? Since 1942, military moms have participated in the Blue Star Mothers to help support their young service members who are deployed overseas. Their website shares, “We are mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster mothers and female legal guardians who have children serving in the military, guard or reserves, or children who are veterans. We support each other and our children while promoting patriotism. Our organization focuses on our mission every single day and will never, ever, forsake our troops, our veterans or the families of our Fallen Heroes.”
One of the biggest things they do is to send care packages all over the world where our troops are deployed. Last year they sent over 2500 care packages during the 4th quarter/Holiday season.
This year, Felicity Carter, who is a proud Navy mom and the President of Henderson and Boulder City Chapter NV4, have reached out to us for help. She tells us, “All branches are getting the call daily for deployment. This is our mission. During times of conflict when our loved can’t be home it is even more important to send this ‘Love in Box’. It gives them hope, peace, reflection, happiness and so much more. They share this as a unit or command and with their allies who can’t be home. These care packages touch so many lives. I hope you can help us support the men and women.”
Why the need? When we asked Felicity about what our troops need and why, some of her answers surprised us. Afterall, our troops are not actively at war as they have been in recent years in Iraq and Afghanistan. But she shared that for example when sailors are deployed on Navy ships, there is a serious lack of personal items and the food while edible, is often bland and very repetitive. The same on some military bases too. Also, she reminded us that many of our soldiers come from the ranks of the foster care system, and may or may not have family members actively involved in their lives to send over care packages for them. It really does come down to organizations like theirs to help these folks feel they are not forgotten.
Are you ready to help? Here’s how:
They have an Amazon Wishlist HERE: https://www.amazon.com/registries/gl/guest-view/37RZQEWH543LV
THEN – We have a number of locations locally where you can have your items delivered directly via Amazon, or that you can drop off in person:
- Parson’s Auto Body: 1574 Foothill Drive, Suite A
- Auto Specialists: 705 Juniper Way
- Christ Lutheran: 1401 Fifth Street
- Little Lambs Pre-school: 1304 Wyoming Street
Want to just give cash? They will take it! The shipping is extremely expensive – $15,000 dollars last year alone. You can DONATE HERE: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/NV4BSM.
The DEADLINE to drop off is the Monday before THANKSGIVING, Monday, November 21, 2023.