Houston Area Chapter TX2

 

Blue Star Mothers Houston Area Chapter
March 2018

Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)3 service organization dedicated to supporting the Armed Forces and their families while promoting patriotism. The national organization formed in 1942 during WWII and was chartered by Congress in 1960. The Houston Area Chapter was organized and chartered in 2004 by a few mothers from the Kingwood area. Our current membership is around 70 members.

The primary activity in our chapter is organizing and sending care packages consisting of personal hygiene items, socks, snacks, reading materials and any other items that will lift the spirits of our brave men and women serving in combat zones and overseas. Over the course of a year, we send over 1,200 care packages. Our cost for postage, supplies and goodies last year was a little over $26,500. Postage is a huge expense currently at $17.40 per box and the average cost of supplies per box can run $30-40.

We receive supplies donations throughout the year from various companies, organizations and individuals. A favorite of all the Military Troops is Girl Scout Cookies; we were able to send around 2,000 boxes last year. We received 1,200 boxes (that’s 100 cases) from one donor! The generosity of our community is amazing.

Our main fundraiser that we assist with is the Kingwood Fallen Heroes Memorial Golf Tournament. This year marks the 7th annual event to honor three former Kingwood residents who died while serving their country in Middle Eastern combat zones. The charities that benefit from this golf tournament support our military, veterans, and their families. We are honored to be one of these charities.

We also participate in veteran and wounded warriors programs, as well as homecomings and send offs of our military personnel. Blue Star Moms also attend funeral services of fallen heroes to pay homage for paying the ultimate sacrifice and provide support to their families.

Because of the unwavering generosity of local businesses, schools, churches, various youth groups and everyday citizens, we are able to fulfill our mission throughout the year. Thank you for your continued support of our troops!


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