Blue Star Mothers appreciates ASC and the SLV community for their generosity

(06-28-2010)

The San Luis Valley Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. chapter recently sent 26 care packages to military personnel stationed overseas, thanks to Adams State College and community donations.

Ginny Bond and William Flores stock boxes.

Throughout the run of the Adams State theatre production, "Our Town," a Blue Star Mother's display, with photos and donation box, was set up. The college also collected items throughout the month of May in drop-off sites across campus. In observance of Armed Forces Day, Adams State personnel brought in a nonperishable item so they could wear jeans and red shirts. "The San Luis Valley Blue Star Mothers chapter is very grateful to everyone who donated items for care packages," said Donna Griego, provost office program assistant.

Adams State clubs and organizations volunteered to coordinate sites and pick-up and drop off the boxes. "We moved fifteen copy paper boxes full of donations to the Red Cross Building from Adams State," Griego said. "Without the support of President Svaldi, we could not have done this. The entire Blue Star Mothers chapter is thankful to everyone who supported our troops overseas."

Other local businesses including Community Banks of Colorado, both the La Jara and Antonito branches; Guadalupe Parish Credit Union; Rio Grande Savings and Loan; SLV Comprehensive Mental Health Center; and the Sunflower Bank, collected items.

On June 22, the Blue Star Mothers members and their family and friends spent a couple hours organizing the donations and packing the items in priority boxes for the military. They created an assembly line -- they placed like items in each box and then taped and labeled the boxes. Included in the boxes was a letter from the Blue Star Mothers to the intended soldier explaining the origin of the gift and expressing appreciation of the soldier's service to their country.

Griego said four massage therapists volunteered to give the Blue Star Mothers and other volunteers free chair massages. The therapists included Lucy West, Lifecycle Therapeutics; Carol and Steve Baer, Mind, Body, and Soul; and Jorinda Macgillivray, Healing Through Reiki. "We are thankful to all those who participated," Griego said.

Blue Star Mothers, from left, Daisy Martinez, Charlotte Orth, Annavee Hinkley, Cathy Flores, Ginny Bond, Jessica Espinoza, and Vicki Jones.

There are still boxes full of items for deserving military personnel. "We need more addresses," Griego said.""Community members are welcome to contact us with addresses to send care packages."

She and Vicki Jones started the SLV Blue Star Mothers chapter in August, 2010. They scheduled another packaging event in July and are planning to make it a tri-annual event.

For more information contact Griego at 719-937-2666 or Jones at 719-852-3123.