Since 2007, Blue Star Mothers of America Ohio Chapter 9 has served local military members who are overseas with care packages. Since the beginning, the group of moms has grown to 36 members and six associate members. Associate members are anyone who is not a mother of military personnel.
The group has participated in local parades in Hilliard, Columbus, and honored students signing with the military at Olentangy Orange High School. The groups schedule is filling up with community events and fundraisers for the year. These are important, according to the chapter president Diana Evans Vance.
“It costs $12 to send a box to a service member,” said Vance. According to her, the group sent more than 2,000 packages overseas last year. That’s a cost of $24,000. The boxes are filled with candies, jerky, baby wipes, flavor packets for drinks, and micro fiber clothing.
Vance explained that she got involved with the organization to help channel some of her feelings of her son being in the Coast Guard.
“Even though I may not be doing something directly for my son, I’m doing something for somebody else’s son or daughter,” said Vance. “In a weird kind of way it’s like I’m doing something for my kid.”
Vance’s emotions dripped from her eyes. She took off her glasses and her voice cracked as she said,” They’re all our kids, so…”
On March 23, there will be a packing event and there are a lot of items still needed to fill the boxes.
City BBQ Polaris fundraiser
“Baby Shower for the VA”
Collecting diapers, onesies, etcetera.
Central Ohio Stand Down
The group will knit scarves to distribute to homeless veterans. They are asking for help with the project and will accept donations.