The St. Joseph Valley Blue Star Mothers of Indiana recently hosted a special “Operation Help Our Vets” event at the Northern Indiana VA Mishawka Clinic.
Goodwill provided $50 Wal-Mart gift cards and $20 gas gift cards were given to 144 Veterans. The event was held simultaneously with the VA monthly food pantry.
“Keep our event at home and assist local Veterans.”
“It was an amazing experience to be part of this wonderful event. The hard work, donations and time spent preparing for this event was unbelievable,” said Natasha McClanahan, Center for Development and Civic Engagement (Voluntary Services) program manager. “We would like to thank the Blue Star Mothers and their volunteers for choosing our location.”
Donations of household goods
Over $20,000 in household appliances, cleaning supplies, bed linens, bath supplies, hygiene, food, cooking supplies, dishes, and everything in between was made available for Veterans.
The St. Joseph Valley Blue Star Mothers of Indiana, Chapter 6, is a local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers national organization. Once a year, the organization hosts an event at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Maryland to provide donations to ill, injured and wounded service members.
Kept it local this year
“This year we decided that, instead of taking to the road, we would keep our event at home and assist our local Veterans”, said Sandra Boldt, president of the St. Joseph Valley chapter.
The Blue Star Mothers of America are mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster mothers and female legal guardians who have children serving in the military, guard or reserve, or children who are Veterans. “Our organization focuses on our mission every single day and will never, ever, forsake our troops, our Veterans or the families of our fallen heroes.”