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November 24, 2013

No ‘Blue Christmas’ for troops, thanks to Blue Star Mothers

CLAREMORE —

The holiday season is here and that means Rogers County Blue Star Mothers are busy putting together Christmas packages to send to troops serving overseas.
While Thanksgiving boxes include all the fixings for the traditional meal, Christmas packages are filled with special items like lounge pants and T-shirts, socks and handwarmers, small games, crossword puzzles and magazines.
“We always want to include extra special stuff for Christmas,” said Wanda Inman, Blue Star Mothers president. 
“They like a taste of home too, so chocolate is a good thing to send this time of year because it won’t melt. They love chocolate. They said they would even lick it off the package if they had to!”
Soldiers also appreciate receiving cards from children. Inman encourages school classes or church groups to make it a holiday project, letting the troops know that people back home are thankful for their service and sacrifice.
“It’s important, especially during the holidays, that we don’t forget the men and women who are serving our country,”  Inman said. 
“My son was in Afghanistan, so I know how much it means to them,” Inman said. 
That’s what motivates Inman to continue her service with Blue Star Mothers.
“We’re strictly a volunteer organization. Our chapter started in 2008, and it’s been one of the largest in the state,” Inman said. 
She and Martha Joslin are two of the original charter members who are still active in the organization today.
While membership is limited to mothers and grandmothers of service men and women, anybody can be an associate and volunteer with the organization.
“The more we can show our support, the more our troops will know they are appreciated — that’s the most important thing,” Inman said. 
“We are where we are today because of our military. A lot of them have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. That’s something we can never forget.” 

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