Saturday, November 29, 2014

Who are The Blue Star Mothers?




The Blue Star Mothers Began in Flint Michigan during WWII in support of mothers who had sons and daughters in active duty.

Now, the Blue Star Mothers are organizing care packages to send a little bit of home to our brothers, sisters, and others serving overseas.

Local Radio Station WION I-1430 and Berger Motor Sales of Ionia are combining efforts with Blue Star Mothers this holiday season to collect, package and ship care packages to our troops.
The packages help soldiers gains some basic necessities, some of which are not provided by the government.

Our servicepersons have already donated all their time to US. Now is our chance to give back and to share tokens our gratitude.


Visit www.I1430.com and click on the Treasures for Troops Truck to find locations where it will be to collect your donations.

Collecting items and assembling care packages to send to deployed Military for the Holidays!

This blog written by WION Fan --Devin Elliott

Update from a Belding WION Fan

Yesterday afternoon I was visiting with a lady (a neighbor of mine for 32 years) in her 80's, was telling her about your project and the kind of items needed and when you will be in Belding, she said she wondered if money was acceptable, I told her money was needed to ship the collected items. She made a check out to the Blue Star Mothers for $100.00. 

By the way, my Mother was a Blue Star Mother when both my brother and I were in the service. My Grandma Braman and my Grandma Hallock were Blue Star Mothers during WWII.

History of the Blue Star Mothers -- On January 22, 1942 the Flint News Advertiser printed a coupon asking Mothers of serviceman to return the coupon after filling it out. The following February 1st 300 mothers met in the Durant Hotel, in FlintMichigan. Captain George H. Maines, who had conceived the idea for this group, acted as the chair of this first meeting. It was decided that after receiving 1000 responses from the ad to form a permanent organization.

On February 6th the organization was reported on Congressional record. Chapters then formed in Michigan,Ohio, Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, California, Iowa and Washington. In June of 1960 the organization was chartered by congress.


View the Charter

Mothers volunteered throughout the tough times of World War II. They worked in hospitals, train stations, packed care packages for soldiers and were an working part of homeland security during times our time of war. The organization waned in size over the years but has held together by mothers showing pride in both their children and country. In recent times we have began to grow in strength. Being attacked on our own soil has once again started mothers hanging flags in their windows at home proclaiming pride in the fact that we have children protecting our freedom during at time of war

Our organization not only provides support for active duty service personnel, promotes patriotism, assists Veterans organizations, and are available to assist in homeland volunteer efforts to help our country remain strong.



This History provided by WION Fan -- Larry B. from Belding

Boxes of Love packed by the Brenda - The Pack Master from our local Blue Star Mothers!

Completely Filled Box of Love!
  
Box of Love - slightly unpacked to view items better!
Each box will cost Blue Star Mothers $15.45 to mail in a flat rate box through the US Postal Service and will arrive before Christmas as long as they are mailed by Dec 10th!  Blue Star Mothers plans to mail out the Treasures for Troops items on Dec 8th ensuring a Holiday Package will be received by servicemen & servicewomen.

If you have a deployed family member, please contact us with a name and address so we can send them a Box of Love!





  

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