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Blue Star Mothers’ local chapter sends cheer to military members and veterans

With help from local communities, 151 service members received Christmas care packages filled with love, support, a little bit of home, and lots of holiday cheer! Blue Star Mothers 177 is a small chapter but has been blessed with generous donations from Southwest Michigan Legion Riders, VFWs, American Legions, Auxiliaries, church groups, 4-H Clubs, Girl and Boy Scout groups, Masons, school groups, assisted care homes, small businesses and many kind individuals.

For the past 21 years, Blue Star Mothers of America Chapter #177 has hosted a Christmas boxing for U.S. troops. The boxes are filled with socks, candy, gum, nuts, cookies, toiletries, and devotionals. Holiday cards, prepared by supporters from area schools and assisted living homes, are included in the boxes.

At an Open House held on Nov. 4 at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Sodus, Chapter 177 also prepared 19 large boxes for our veterans at the VA Hospital in Battle Creek. The total cost of postage for the 151 boxes sent to the troop was $3,378.65. Since 2002, this chapter has sent out 7,828 care packages and spent $152,948.99 on postage.

Additionally, since the COVID-19 pandemic they have sent out $23,884.65 in prepaid military gift cards to active-duty service members.

The Blue Star Mothers extend a special thank you to the American Legions, many area churches, and the Coloma Public Library that placed donation boxes at their doors. They want to thank everyone from the bottom of their hearts for all the kind and generous donations. They deeply appreciate all the aid to their mission of supporting our veterans and troops. This chapter could not have done this without everyone’s help!

Blue Star Mothers of American Chapter 177 also remembers our troops with mailings on Valentine’s Day, Easter, and in July.

For further information, please contact Marie Hartline at 269-519-8974 or Jane Chaput at 269-468-5182 or email the chapter at CharlesBaldwinBSM@yahoo.com.

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