JAMESTOWN – The Blue Star Mothers NY Chapter 4 is currently accepting donations for this year’s Military Christmas Care Package Drive.
The group says monetary and material donations are being collected, including hand-signed cards and letters. Items especially sought are beef jerkys, protein bars, peanut butter, hand wipes and hand sanitizers, dried fruit, trail mixes, water enhancers, and pop-top lid cans of fruit, soups and meats.
Monetary donations will be used for the purchase of additional items needed and for postage to send the packages to deployed troops around the world. The group says handwritten notes and cards are always a favorite of the men and women who receive these care packages, and civic organizations, schools, youth groups, and individuals are urged to participate in this project.
Since its inception during WWII, the Blue Star Mothers organization has existed to provide support for active duty service personnel, to promote patriotism, and to assist veterans’ organizations in our communities. The organization is composed of mothers who now have or have had children honorably serving in the US Military, as well as associate members of extended family members and friends.
As proud mothers of the men and women who are ready to fight for this nation’s freedoms, the group seeks to encourage and support American troops as well as support each other in their journey. During 2019, with the help of many schools, churches, community members and civic organizations, over 1000 care packages were sent to America’s deployed sons and daughters, along with unnumbered cards and letters. This is an accomplishment for which this chapter is not only proud, but tremendously grateful.
Despite the challenges that 2020 has presented, the Blue Star Mothers hope to see another banner year of collections and care packages sent. Because this year’s collections and packing will be handled differently than those of previous years, the organization is requesting partners to especially consider supporting the Christmas Care Package drive with monetary donations for postage and the purchase of specific items.
Last year, shipping costs were nearly $20,000; realizing this is a great challenge, the Blue Star Mothers are confident that once again the community will rally to the cause in providing some much-needed encouragement and joy for those military persons who will not be home for the holidays.
Also being sought are names and addresses of military persons who are deployed overseas for this holiday season. Recipients of the Blue Star Mothers care packages need not be Chautauqua County residents. To submit a name, or for any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone or text (716) 450-5593. Donations may be sent to: