Blue Star Mothers pack Christmas boxes for military

| December 7, 2021

Twenty boxes will soon be on their way to local military personal that won’t be home for Christmas, thanks to the efforts of the Blue Star Mothers. Several volunteers met Dec. 6 to pack the boxes with surprises.

“We want them to know that they are not forgotten – to know we are thinking of them as they serve our country,” said Sharon Burns, president of the Blue Star Mothers. “We want to try to do boxes every month. Most of them are going out of the country, but some will be sent to service people here, too.” Burns said the group is always looking for addresses of local military personnel.

“It’s hard to get addresses, but we want to acknowledge as many local military people as we can. Even if we just send a card and maybe a gift card, to let them know they are being thought about.” Anyone who has a military family member is encouraged to contact Burns with an address.

The boxes include personal care items, snacks, tuna, gum, candy, magazines and letters from local school children. Leslie Croft’s second grade class and Shelley Moats’ first grade classes wrote letters, colored pictures and brought candy canes to send. Girl Scout Troop 8169 sent cards with notes in them. Personal care items were donated by River View High School students.

“We have learned that getting magazines is something they really like. And they don’t care how old they are. If anyone has old magazines, like cars or sports, and want to donate them, we’ll make sure the magazines get to our troops.”

Blue Star Mothers is welcoming new members. They meet the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Anyone who would like to join, who has magazines or an address for a military person can call Burns at 740-502-0169 and leave a message.


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