Blue Star Mothers of the Midlands Annual Holiday Troop Supply Drive was energized this season by a grant presented by Dominion Energy. This grant will help the Blue Star Mothers fill care packages for deployed service men and women of all branches.

To ensure delivery before Christmas, Blue Star Mothers shipped more than 55 priority holiday boxes in November.

Blue Star Mothers Holiday Troop Supply Drive is an annual event. For many moms who have children deployed, it is the real start of the Christmas season.

“I have been a Blue Star Mother for more than eight years now. My favorite part of the Holiday Troop Supply Drive is the first message we receive from a deployed service member after they’ve received a box. It’s often a quick email and sometimes it’s a letter with photos, always thanking us for the package and for thinking of them. To me, that ‘thank you’ is the best Christmas present ever,” said Roxy Sherman.

The Holiday Troop Supply Drive is the third care package and shipping event of the year. In total, since 9/11, the Midlands Chapter of Blue Star Mothers has sent more than 15,000 care packages to deployed service members.

Along with Dominion Energy, Blue Star Mothers also received help from the community to fill care packages. On three recent Saturdays, Blue Star Mothers were at local Walmart stores with information about the Holiday Troop Supply Drive, including lists of suggested donation items. Shoppers took the lists inside Walmart and dropped off donations before heading home. Items on the lists included holiday decorations, toys, candy, games, and toiletry items.

In addition, notecards were provided for shoppers to write a note to a service member. These notes then were included in the boxes. Shoppers and employees also were able to provide names and addresses of deployed loved ones, so those service members could receive holiday boxes too. Blue Star Mothers will send a care package to every address they have received.

“The Dominion Energy grant came at just the right time. When we start the Holiday Supply Drive, we never know how many boxes we will need to put together until the last minute. We are collecting names right up until packing day,” added Kaye Smith, chapter president. “Dominion Energy’s generosity and support of our work ensured we had the resources to get a package to every service member on our list.”

“We know the holidays can be a difficult time for many of our brave men and women in uniform, particularly being away from their families,” said Dominion Energy external affairs representative Kristen Beckham. “Dominion Energy believes it’s important to show our strongest support for those protecting and defending us around the globe. We are honored to partner with Blue Star Mothers Midlands Chapter to help make the holidays a little brighter for deployed service members.”

For more information about Blue Star Mothers of America, Midlands Chapter 1, or if you know a deployed service member who would enjoy receiving a care package, contact [email protected]

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Photo: Dominion Energy presented Blue Star Mothers of America, Midlands Chapter 1 a $3,000 grant to help fund this year’s Holiday Troop Supply Drive, which sends care packages to deployed service members.

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