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Patriotic Blue Star Mothers shipping care

They gather. They talk. They pack. And on Dec. 14, they will lay wreaths on the graves of veterans during the annual Wreaths Across America event.

Blue Star Mothers are a patriotic bunch, to be sure.

These women have one thing in common: they have offspring serving in the military.

They channel their concern for their sons and daughters by supporting our troops. Regularly, the North Central PA12 chapter members get together to put together and mail care packages. Volunteers collect supplies, organize donations, affix shipping labels, pack boxes and take them off for mailing. They shipped 50 care packages in August.

This activity supports our troops and reminds them of home.

It also provides a way to ease anxiety when a loved one is deployed amid a bit of uncertainty.

“They deploy to undisclosed locations, and sometimes we will not hear from them for months at a time,” Gold Star Mother Heather Truckenmiller recently told the Sun-Gazette.

To be off at an undisclosed location must be difficult. Receiving a package from home provides a dose of comfort that can lift the soul and remind our military personnel that they are loved.

Blue Star Mothers are making a difference, from our backyard to places far, far away.

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