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Blue Star Moms Collecting Items for the Troops

By Meredith Moss - Staff Writer



We like to keep our Make a Difference readers updated about the The Blue Star Mothers of America’s Miami Valley Chapter #3.

The active organization of dedicated moms works year-round to provide treats and packages to the troops, both in America and throughout the world.

The group is once again holding its Annual Treats for Troops event from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Town and Country Shopping Center on Stroop Road in Kettering. Donations will be accepted at a special area set up in the central atrium of the shopping center, across from Galan’s Fine Gifts. Refreshments — including homemade cookies — will be served.

The purpose of this event is to collect donations for the Chapter’s Annual Holiday Packing for the Troops, where large Christmas stockings are stuffed with needed items and treats and sent to the deployed troops in time for Christmas. Past president Linda Mauro says it’s very hard for troops to be separated from family at friends at any time, but separation during the holidays is even more difficult.

“Receiving a Christmas stocking is a way to let the troops know that they are remembered and appreciated by the folks back home,” she said. “There are still thousands of deployed troops serving in harm’s way in Afghanistan. One of our chapter’s missions is to support deployed troops and troops who receive little or no support from home.”

Last year , thanks to the generosity of the people of the Miami Valley and our Make a Difference readers, over 2,000 stockings were shipped to deployed troops.

Here’s the list of items that are needed:

• Canned fruit (small cans w/pull tops — no plastic containers)

• Trail mix (small)

• Tic Tacs/Life Savers/gum

• Tuna/Chicken Salad w/crackers

• Chapstick/lip balm

• Nuts (small packages)

• Granola bars

• Beef Jerky

• Peanut Butter crackers

• Drink mixes (single serving packages)

• Toothbrushes (packaged individually)

• Toothpaste (travel size)

• Tissues (pocket size)

• Hand warmers

• Disposable razors (male and female)

• Lotion (small, no pumps)

The organization also accepts monetary donations to help with shipping costs. Checks may be made out to BSM #3 and mailed to P.O Box 292722, Dayton, Ohio 45429.

Note that boxes are sent to the troops throughout the year so items are always needed and can be dropped off at the Troop Donation Center, located near Figlio’s restaurant at Town & Country Shopping Center. There’s always a barrel there for dropoffs and the office is staffed from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information, visit www.bluestarmothersdayton.com or call (937) 681-8636 to speak with Chapter #3 President, Shari Kern.


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