Last year, though the generous donations of our community we were able to send 702 care packages to our deployed military men and woman serving all over the world. Heroes who were serving away from their families at Christmas. It's the time of year that most families come together to celebrate, and they are on the other side of the world from their loved ones, serving in places of danger. Sending them boxes of love from home is a way for our chapter and our community to reach out to them, and in doing so let them know that they are being thought of and supported from home. We have been told by those receiving these care packages that it raises their morale to know that they are being thought of by American citizens who don't even know them personally, but just wanted to reach out to them to show their appreciation for their service.
Lake Erie New York Chapter 4 of the Blue Star Mothers of America will again this year be collecting items and cards and letters to send to our deployed troops. This will be the 10th consecutive Christmas that we have been able to send care packages, and we could never do what we do without the support of our amazing community.
The cost to send each box is $17.85, bringing the cost of last years Christmas collections to over $12,500. Our hope is to send that many or perhaps more, as we know we will have many troops deployed this year as our lists keep getting longer.
We have started collecting and we will collect item until November 29. We will be organizing our collections at 6pm on November 30, and will begin packing our Christmas Care Packages beginning at 9am on Saturday December 2 at the Fluvanna Community Church, 3363 Fluvanna Ave, Jamestown, NY 14701.
Our community is welcome to come and join us and help us to pack our care packages. It is heartwarming to watch as our community comes together to show their support by helping to pack a box to two...or more! We have had veterans, cub scout and girl scout troops, school children, senior citizens and everyone in between there to help pack collections that they have donated. The sense of community and patriotism in that room is something to be experienced. It is a site to see that will warm your heart for the entire year!
We have been told many times that one of the favorite items that are placed in the boxes are cards and letters from home. They love the homemade Christmas cards from the children, and the notes of support from all. We have asked in years prior for people to consider taking a box of Christmas cards along with you as your family gathers for Thanksgiving. While you are all around the table, pass them out for everyone to be able to fill out a card thanking a military member for their service, with just a simple "thank you" on the outside of the envelope. You can place these cards in any of our collection boxes and we will be sure to place them on the top of the box so it is the first thing they see when they open their care package.
We have included a list of items that we suggest, and a list of locations as to where our collection boxes are located.
If you have a loved one who will be deployed this Christmas, please send their address to us so that we can add them to our list and send them a care package full of love from home.
We appreciate any item or monetary donations you can make to help us with this year's care packages. Anyone wishing to make a donation should know, we are registered as a non-profit 501c3, if you contact us, we will be happy to forward you that information.
DECEMBER 10, The Lakewood Rod and Gun will be hosting a Blue Wing Fest to assist our Blue Star Mother chapter in supporting our care package drive. Please note the flyer and join us from 1-4 for an all you can eat wing feast, tickets are only $10.00!
The Veterans of Modern Warfare are also selling Christmas Trees starting Friday November 24th at Jamestown Harley Davidson, proceeds to go to assisting our Blue Star Mother chapter in supporting our care package drive, and also assisting local veterans in need.
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