After making it through their first year, the local chapter of Blue Star Mothers need funds, supplies to put in troop boxes and a permanent facility to store the supplies and to hold monthly meetings.
Blue Star Mothers is a national organization that supports all troops, veterans, POW/MIA and fallen military families through varying activities. The local chapter was chartered in December 2011 and assists active military by sending troop boxes to Afghanistan, giving aide to veterans and wounded warrior families.
Lynn Arterberry, Tahlequah member, said their organization has six mothers with children who are active military.
“Dads can’t be members of Blue Star, but they can be associates,” she said.
According to member Elizabeth Hamilton, the local chapter sends eight troop boxes a month at a cost of $400.
“Two of the boxes go to Afghanistan,” she said.
Arterberry pointed out the need for a permanent location to store donations and supplies.
Right now, the local Blue Star Mothers rent a storage building for $25 a month to store the supplies they send to service men and women, according to Arterberry.
“Each of us donates enough money every month to pay the $25 storage rental,” she said.
“We are trying to leave our funds for our troop boxes,” said Hamilton.
“And we fill those boxes to the brim,” said Arterberry.
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